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16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Richland Bombers Calendar website Funeral Notices website *********************************************** *********************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/01/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Jim Russell ('58) Pappy Swan ('59), Pete Overdahl ('60) Jim Hamilton ('63), Gary Behymer ('64) David Rivers ('65), Robin Frister ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ellen Foley ('59) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Don Llewellyn ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carolyn Roe ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roberta Lawrence ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Michael Furner ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kerry Steichen ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re:: USCG air/sea rescue right in front of my window. Last weekend I heard a commotion just to the southwest of our house so I got out my binoculars to take a peek. There was a 45 foot (or so) ketch (two masted sailboat) that had lost power and was pounding into the rocky south end of Lopez Island, part of the famous San Juan Islands of NW Washington. I call our local 911 who then contacted the USCG and within minutes a CG MH-68 Agusta helicopter was on site and about 15 minutes later a CG Harbor Security Vessel was on site. I guess both of them came from Base Port Angeles. Also arriving on site was the Canadian Coast Guard's Response Class Cutter Vallance that had been deployed from Saltspring Island in the Canadian Gulf Islands. Both rescue vessels got a line on the bow of the ketch and slowly pulled it away from the rocks whilst the chopper "splashed" what the CG calls a "leaper" into the water and then secured one person who was possibly injured and both were lifted up into the chopper. The "bird" hovered a few more minutes and then departed for what looked like Seattle given the direction of flight. In the meantime, the two cutters pulled the ketch off the rocks and out into deep water, escorting it to Anacortes for repair. It appears that one guy on the crew, it was the Juan de Fuca sailboat race out of Victoria weekend, broke his leg and had to be medivaced to hospital but all the rest were fine and the boat suffered just a little damage. Now on my soapbox. You may or may not know that the USCG is now part of the Bureau of Homeland Security and is mandated to securing and protecting our harbors. Well and good, but the real function of the USCG is the security of the boating public but because of Homeland Security reasons, the water safety portion of the USCG has suffered. For instance, there are just three rapid response cutters between Everett, WA and Bellingham, WA. The only chopper deployment is now out of USCG Air Base Port Angeles and they are down to two aircraft. Closed are Response Stations at Anacortes, Friday Harbor, Blaine, and several other smaller bases in the Puget Sound. Port Townsend is down to just one cutter, so what happens when that unit is being repaired? Zip point zip is the correct answer. Now I read where USCG Air Base Astoria is being "relieved" of one of its three choppers that are used for most of the coastline of Washington and Oregon. Fortunately for us, we have backup support from the Canadian Coast Guard Base Victoria and Deployment Base Saltspring Island, but it is not their job to cover our safety in US waters. The Coast Guard is not perfect. Its recent boneheaded decision to allow private contractors control their long range building and replacement program was a huge waste of money, but I am convinced that the current Commandant ADM Thad Allen has this problem in hand and things will start working like they have in the past. Just the same, Congress needs to fund the USCG in greater amounts as they heap on more demands for Homeland Security on them and still require the CG to continue with drug interdiction, vessel safety and Search and Rescue (SAR) operations and other nominal operations. Glad I am not in the "new" Coast Guard. Now comes the news that there is a plan afoot in DC to split the USCG up and dividing not only its traditional mandates but the harbor security services as well, into several other government agencies. Up to now the CG has been a very efficient, if not under funded, service that carried on a multitude of tasks, most of which directly served the public and commercial marine activities. The recent Project Deepwater debacle has invoked the typical Capitol Hill "knee jerk" reaction to break up the service and hand the pieces to the ATF, NTSB, DOT, FBI, etc. and thus more big government, more laws, less efficiency and of course, a lot more taxpayers' money. If you get a chance, just say NO to breaking up the USCG and your Congressmen should hear from you about it. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ Semper Paratus (Always Ready). Actually, I was born ready. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Russell ('58) It's not that I find a Santa Fe Bomber Luncheon a bad thing, but did anyone else find their day a little less fulfilling yesterday? One Bomber entry, and that one about a proposed luncheon in Santa Fe! Oh, how easy one falls into fix-dependent life! -Jim Russell ('58) ~ from gorgeous downtown Mountlake Terrace, WA south of Lynnwood, north of Seattle/Shoreline, close enough to all the action but far enough away from the craziness. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Phil Belcher ('51) and Linda Reining ('64) Re: Growing old and "parent's wish" PAPPY'S PERSONAL NOTE TO HIS OWN MENTAL FILE: THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN SENT TO SANDSTORM YESTERDAY, BUT DUE TO A SUBSTANTIAL SENIOR MOMENT, IT IS JUST NOW GOING OUT! "MEMORIES...WHAT HAPPENED TO MY MEMORY?" I agree with Linda. Well said Phil, and the web site that you referenced, is on the mark, too. And yet, with any story, there are always at least two sides or two ways to look at it. With some experience at relationships with elder parents, relatives, and friends, I think that I can now identify three stages of elder living. In the first, seniors still live on their own, but often require some assistance and special attention. In the second, much more assistance is needed, such as living in an assisted care facility or living with others. And, in the third, virtually complete care is required. I'm, hoping that when my time comes, I have benefited from my observations and can pass through those stages as gracefully as possible. I used to say that when my time comes, I would mount up and ride off into the sunset, like others talk about walking out to sit on an ice flow. The only trouble is, already, I'm not so sure that I would be able to mount up, without assistance. At my mother's retirement home, I notice a whole spectrum of personalities and behavior among the residents. Some make the best of aging and remain pleasant to be around, happy, and on the go, even if it is just there at the facility. Some are bitter and abrasive, some are just tolerant, some will attempt to remain secluded, and some just fight it all the way. It occurred to me that elders living together are like any other grouping of people (organizations, congregations, neighborhoods, etc.), just older. You're absolutely right, that "that" time is approaching for all of us (sooner or later), often at a seemingly alarming rate. It seems to me that with each passing year, this "time train" that I'm riding picks up a little more speed and the months go by so much more quickly. As you probably have noticed I love to hunt, hike, and fish. I love the outdoors! In recent years, with the coming of opening day of each season, I notice that I'm not quite as agile as the year before. But, I really look forward to each coming. And now, with a good four-legged friend, I try to hunt and hike, maybe not as hard as before, but as often as possible, as if each new season could be the last big effort. To some extent, I am able to keep "thinking younger," through being a volunteer Hunter Education Instructor for the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. It really tickles me to watch those kids' faces light up and feel their excitement when they learn about conservation, sportsmanship, outdoor skills, and how to safely handle and shoot firearms and archery equipment. Even if they do not wish to become hunters or target shooters, they go away with a new respect for firearm safety, archery equipment, the land and wildlife. It makes me feel younger, I think, because I get back way more from those kids than I put into it. And now, in my autumn years, more than ever, ... I think. I think about my dad's final years and the good times we had afield, together. He passed during the mid-1980s (at about my current age of 66 years), but I still miss him as if it was just yesterday that we so enjoyed the outdoors ... together. I learned a lot from him (about the outdoors and about life). In short, I really enjoyed being around and with him. He passed on early (certainly early, from my point of view and at my age). Yet, in some ways, he was one of the lucky ones. Although, I wish he could have been around much longer, when his "time to go" came (from leukemia), he simply said, "I'm ready" and he passed quickly. I think about my aunt's life, but especially her last year before passing at the age of 92. She was a very difficult and trying person who was exceptionally religious, yet she seemed to have really missed the mark in understanding God's intent. She was such an unhappy person. And now, my mother is the surviving "ultra" senior in our family (Dang, that makes me next in seniority). Just yesterday, I had to stop what I was doing, after her beckoning phone call, and run into town because her power-tilt recliner chair had ... stopped tilting. I could find absolutely nothing wrong and it worked fine. I suspect it was more of an excuse for her to see me once again, even though she had spent the previous afternoon (Memorial Day) with us when we took her out to lunch and for a visit to Dad's grave side in Richland. But, I have grown to expect such and just roll with it. It took a while, but now, I'm seeing more humor in it all. Yep, there was and is something to be learned from each and every one of them, and you're right, Phil, our time is just around the corner. So, I have made up my mind to learn from those who have gone on before me and those who are still with us. Perhaps I'm just now grasping this ... a bit late in life? But maybe God actually gave us each other, for many reasons, but especially throughout this young/old cycle, to serve as examples. And, its up to us to study those examples and draw upon them to shape our own lives. Because even now (heck, all through life), each of us are examples for others to study, whether good or not so good. So, I'm hoping that I have taken some good mental notes along the way and that I will continue to do so. And, I hope that, subconsciously, I am quietly preparing myself to make the best of my "more senior" years. Hopefully, I'm doing this by maintaining some "self drive and motivation," but with a little less focus on myself, and pursuing an overall goal to maintain a happy outlook on life ... to the bitter (or maybe not so bitter) end. Thanks for your note to Sandstorm, Phil. It motivated me to think. And, my thinking is best expressed through my fingertips on a keyboard, not so much in speaking to others. Have a much longer one and a good one! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the sun's out and I'm thinking, "Oh happy day!" **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) Re: Lora Homme Page ('60) I have thought so much of the care Lora has provided her mom and dad. You will never be disappointed in what you did and to have the laughs you had. Not to mention the tears. I went through a little different experience with my folks. Dad died 41 years ago and I was helping my mom as mom died 40 years ago and she was bedridden the last 10 years of her life. She hardly ever complained and asked so little. But the one thing that she never lost was her since of humor. People told me they would go to visit mom and cheer her up and would come away the one who was cheered up. She always had a funny story to tell them. So the longer it has been I think of all the great friends who were so nice to pay my mom a visit. So enjoy them while you got them. Thanks to Pappy and all the others who shared their experiences and how we have to cope with them. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ still here in Richland Town, the little place we once knew and now quite a bit bigger. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) I had the distinct pleasure of attending our Birthday Girl's retirement partly yesterday in Portland, and after sitting through accolade after accolade, it was refreshing to know that I'm not the only person who thinks that she's "Totally Bitchin'". There was a whole room full of them. Happy Birthday Carolyn Roe DeJong ('63), and Happy Retirement!!!!! jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gary Behymer ('64) Re: A Busy Day at Almota... -Gary Behymer ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Bomber Babes and Dynasties We got another Bomber-Babe with a birthday! June first... nice day to be born... This is another one of those girls who looks just as she did in school... I wanna know how they do that... When I was in school people said I looked like John Saxon (not now in his bald mode)... in looking at my Senior photo now I find it a tad brooding... now I look more like Geronimo with short hair... Dang... things do change... so anyway The birthday girl was one of those "big kids" I worshipped from afar... there are several sisters so my drooling could continue for a while longer after she graduated... Now I cannot say that her Sweetie ('63) looks the same as he did in school... He was the ultimate in the College look in school... looked like one of the 4 Preps in Ozzie and Harriet when they played David's fraternity brothers... VERY classy guy... now he looks more like the ultimate Surf Dude... sort of a cross between Tab Hunter and Eddie Aikau with "blonde" hair and the greatest surf shirts in the world... but one thing is for sure... these two make a couple that is timeless... just as cool in '63 as in '07... I hope everybody will join in wishing Carolyn Roe DeJong ('63) A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robin Frister Washburn ('73) Re: Senator JFK at Hanford Does anyone know if Senator JFK was at Hanford in 1960? -Robin Frister Washburn ('73) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/02/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Marla Jo Lowman ('55), Ed Quigley ('62) Jeff DeMeyer ('62), Jamie Worley ('64) Linda Reining ('64), Susan Shepard ('67) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rick Reed ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Felder ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gloria Minard ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori Simpson ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) Re: Growing Old and Dancing To Phil Belcher ('51) Wow!! The "Growing Old" tear jerker was really something. I received an email that goes along with "old age thoughts" too... it reminded me that Bombers dancing in the gym at lunch time (way back in the 1950s) and maybe its a good idea to just keep on dancin'. It's also a dead give-a-way of the other things that some us "oldies" think about now-a-days. -Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) ~ West Point, CA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ed Quigley ('62) To: Bill Berlin ('56) I understand your frustrations, Bill; the folding of one government service (Coast Guard) into another (Homeland Security) is the same thing they did with FEMA, with exactly the same results: a lessening of service and effectiveness for which the program was created. And "boneheaded" is a great term for it, when the new programs are run by political hacks. I wish there was some way to stop this nonsense, but I don't think there is, until we can find some way to halt both general complacency on the part of the public (us), and the indebtedness of the political parties to those who are so willing to spend money to garner political favors. And BOTH Rs & Ds are equally guilty! Sad state of affairs, m' friend! To all the rest of you, in respect to aging. . . C'MON; growing older? Sure. Growing "old"? NEVER!! Age is "skin deep", folks. I've got a picture one of my friends brought me, from their last visit to New Finland, of his "grandfather-in-law", at age 101, up on his house, re-roofing it! And the guy looks like he's maybe... 75! I don't know about you guys (well, that's not true, because I KNOW David Rivers ('65) feels the same!), but I don't feel much different "in here", than I felt 40 years ago. To Pappy: yep, hangin' out with the kids (and going to some of their concerts, with them... Warning: WEAR EAR PLUGS!)) will definitely keep you in a younger frame of mind. And Pappy, if you haven't noticed, it's not Autumn; we're just starting into Summer... -Ed Quigley ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff DeMeyer ('62) Re: Class of '62 To: All 1962 classmates. I need help finding our lost classmates. Please email me or call Herbert Blevins, Carol Buchanna, Doug Burns, Keith Curtis, Barry Dahl, Richard Dean, Ron Dykes, Ken Elliot, Roger Farber, Margaret Gibson Tucker, Patrican Hahn, Clark Hall, Linda Hanson Toth, Tom Harmon, Richard Henderson, Joyce Herbal Loland, Mike Holcomb, Gearld Hooper, Lesie Lang Dalton, Freddie Lenhart, Doug Lukins, Mike Mageehon(Knowen As Quinton Jessop), Ben Miles, Paul Petersen, Carole Petterson Graham, Kleo Pomery, Steven Schell, Rod Shanks, Margaret Smith, Bill Stainken, Suzanna Tabbert, Llyod Taylor, Sue Tomlinson Yount, Laurel Vlacil Murry, Walter Webb, Linda Whitaker, Dave Wilson, Valeree Workman Offerman, Yvonne Wright, Darris Yeager, Cathy Wilson, Don Skidmore, Richard Victor Anne Kronberg Smity, Jim Jensvold, Tomi Zima, Barbara Last Burkey. Any or all help is appreciated. Thanks, -Jeff DeMeyer ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley ('64) Re: Senator JFK To: Robin Frister Washburn ('73) Senator John F. Kennedy was not at Hanford in 1960, but President Kennedy was at Hanford in the Fall of 1963. My memory is old, but I believe it was in September. It was the dedication of the "N" Reactor and all the schools were out so we could see him. It was the first time, I believe, that the hordes of Richland had been let onto the Hanford Reservation. It was an exciting event. I was fortunate to be close enough to see and hear him. Sadly, November 22 was just a short time away. -Jamie Worley ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Reining ('64) to:Bill Berlin re:Coast Guard my first husband(Dale Gray, 58?WB)was a "Coastie" and when he came home from Viet Nam, we were stationed at Point Robinson Light on Vashon Island---it was so pretty and so neat to live there. I also liked listening to the fog horn and watching the whales in the "sound"---was breath-taking to see those creatures come out of the water and then go back under. he got called out on many boating accidents, search and rescue operations, and rescuing boaters who would run out of gas or had engine problems. we were also stationed at USCGC Air Base Astoria. when I came home in '04 for my 40th class reunion, my daughters(my oldest daughter had lived there from the time she was 18 months' old til she was 3), their kids, and I took a trip to Vashon Island and I was saddened to see that the light house had been automated and the houses on the property had been turned over to the parks department and they were available as summer rentals. the place was run down and not at all nice and pretty like I remembered. seems to happen whenever government turns control over to "private enterprises". am sorry to see the government stepping in and taking away so much of their duties---we NEED the Coasties to protect our waterways and help boaters who get into trouble. I will be contacting my Congressman to say how I do NOT want this happening to the USCG!!! Linda Reining(Boomber Bomber class of 64)..........Bakersfield, CA.......we are going to "hit" triple digits by the weekend. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Susan Shepard ('67) It seems as though I never take the time to read the Sandstorm, but when I do it is always fascinating how much of it resounds with my own thoughts and feelings. To: Toby Huff Bouchey ('68) I have delightful memories of you, especially at Chief Jo where you were in between my sister Candi ('69) and I. I am still friends with Molly Brown ('67) who you cheered with and lots of other Bombers here in Seattle. We are going to our reunion '67 this summer. Would love to reconnect with you. There is something quite wonderful about connecting with home town friends who experienced many of the same things you did, like alphabet housing!!? To: Shari Napora Bennett ('67) I didn't know you too well in school, but you were always so nice and I have learned more about you from Steve Wood ('67), who I think might have been your first boyfriend. He lives an exciting life between the states and Amsterdam with his wife and young daughter. To: David Rivers ('65) I really enjoyed your expose about never feeling "grown up". I feel the same way as you and since I am also a baby boomer, I would be curious as to whether others feel the same. I talked to my eighty year old mom and she is still wondering when she will grow up. Also, enjoyed the Mexico stories (leave it up to Tony and Jack) and hearing about how your guys felt about coming back from Vietnam. Something to keep in mind when we see our young men and women, hopefully, returning from Iraq. -Susan Shepard ('67) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Senator JFK If my memory is right, a hope not a certainty, in 1960 JFK's brother Ted "One for the road" Kennedy campaigned in Richland for his brother. President Kennedy was at Hanford in 1963 -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/03/07 It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy, dusty, delta day... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Marilynn Working ('54) Donna McGregor ('57), Dale Ennor ('59) Pappy Swan ('59), Jeanie Walsh ('63) Roberta Lawrence ('66), Shari Napora ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mick Mikulecky ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Vandenberg ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) To: Jim Bobo ('56) Just wanted to let you know that our family visited Jean ('47-RIP) again this year and left our "signature" beer can with green and gold flowers. To: "Old" Bombers We attended our grandson's graduation ceremonies at the Toyota Center on Friday evening. Imagine my dismay when the ceiling swags dropped blow up airplanes on the grads. Nice gesture, but a stab at the real reason we are called Bombers!!! I keep hearing "get over it, Grandma", but it is still very difficult to accept the "politically correct" version of our Bomber history. -Mary Triem Mowery, A '47 Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) To: Marla Jo Lowman Kenitzer ('55) We just got home today from our vacation and didn't see the pictures of the Sacramento lunch bunch!! Can you send copies? It was fun surprising all of you when Dick and I showed up at Coco's!! We had a wonderful visit with the class of '55 couples who sat near us. [] Re: Price is Right show My husband and I got in to the see the taping of The Price is Right on May 24th, just before Bob Barker retires. They told us our taping will air on Monday, June 4th. Watch if you can and try to pick out our lime green shirts to the left in the middle section. It will be hard!! We are going to tape it and try to pause when we think the camera comes our way. June 6th is the last show for Bob Barker. Then I guess they will have reruns until the new MC takes over in September. This is what Bob Barker told us. I hope that Todd Newton wins on the try outs. Re: Delta and Dawn We had the excitement of watching the mother whale and her baby get caught up in the Sacramento River and the Delta and watched how they got them turned around, 90 miles into the river from the Pacific, and happily saw them make it back to the Pacific Ocean on Thursday. We vacationed in Sacramento before we went to the taping of the show and then came back just as the whales were making it safe to the ocean. They had to shoot them twice with antibiotics as they were afraid they were getting sick from being in fresh water and out of the salt water too long. But they made it!!! -Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) ~ Boy, there is no place like home!! Even if it is coming home to Pasco, WA and 95-100 weather. California was a milk 83! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) To: Bill Wingfield ('67) OF COURSE!!! YES!! To that Santa Fe luncheon. Where---When---etc?? Not caught up on the Sandstorm in the past few days. Just read the entry of Bill Wingfield's. Hope the luncheon hasn't come and gone already. Bomber Cheers, -Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) ~ in the beautiful Espanola Valley, just minutes north of Enchanting Santa Fe. (I wonder if this will be the only entry today, it's about a Santa Fe Luncheon again) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dale Ennor ('59) Re: Alaska To anyone who has been to Alaska, plans to go, hopes to go, lives there, may live there in the future, or wishes they could live there have I missed anyone? the referenced blog in progress will make you wish you could do at least one thing over in life. Remember to start from the bottom and work backwards to the present. -Dale Ennor ('59) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Dale, Ya missed those of us who have lived in Alaska before. GREAT pictures. THANKS. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Ed Quigley ('62) Re: Summmertiiiime ... and the livin' is eesaay! Ed, here is one that I learned from the shooting range when the kids are bangin' away. Get some of those electronic "ear muffs." You can control the volume so that you can hear conversations, yet they instantly block loud sounds, such as a gunshots, loud music, or ... if needed, wives' correctional audio-expressions. I find mine quite useful whether, shooting, mowing the lawn, tilling the garden, ducking tiny biplanes, blocking out the noise when the kids next door have their tunes cranked up, or when, until recently, Mrs. Pappy had "The View" on and Rosie went into a loud SCREEECH!" I also use them like "poor man's" hearing aids and they work! I wore them during this year's spring turkey hunt and nearly suffered further hearing loss when a squirrel right outside my blind went into a high-volume continuous chatter, as only a Douglas Squirrel can do! So, I lowered the volume and finally took them off, only to find out that the squirrel was at least three hundred yards away. To: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Foldup government services I too understand your frustrations, about the folding of one government service into another ... or vicee/versee. When I first began my career as a research fish biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife service, I was in the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries. Some bureaucrats in Washington, DC, had a better idea, so they renamed our agency, and we became The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Then they lumped us together with the National Weather Service (NWS) and some others, to form the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). But, our sister bureau, The Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, stayed separate and became the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF&WS). Of course, they could not leave it alone there, either. So, now I think the USF&WS has been placed into the US Geological Survey or (USGS). So you see, I became confused a long time ago. I'm still trying to understand the relationship between commercial fish species and the weather ... well except when I go fishin' and it starts to rain... -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA, right next to the USF&WS (or USGS or whatever) Refuge and wearin' my ear muffs so I can hear Mrs. Pappy tippy-toeing up on me at a distance. That way, I can look busy when she gets to me... and then I'll turn the sound down before the "music" starts! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Glass of '63) tO: Robin Frister Washburn ('73) President Kennedy was at Hanford and he also visited Moses Lake. -Jeanie Walsh Williamson (Gold Medal Glass of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roberta Lawrence ('66) I would like to thank Grace DeVincentis Spice ('50WB) for the subscription to The Alumni Sandstorm for my birthday (6/1). Grace said I would enjoy it, and I am. I'm on drugs for two weeks (prednazone) so I'm driven to write. Inspired by what was written today I had to throw in some of my profound thoughts *LOL*. I graduated in 1966 (I'm old), and my brother, Roland Lawrence, graduated in 1962. My oldest brother, Gary, graduated in 1956. (They're even older!) I have two children who graduated from RHS. Kelly graduated in 1987 and Randall graduated in 1992. Anyone who's a football fan of RHS may remember him playing. I like to brag that he sacked Drew Bledsoe in one of those games (Only sophomore on the varsity team.) I'm still here in Richland and I have been here all this time! I can still remember the insecurities of our youth uncertainties of the future and how we identified ourselves with unusual things. I was always thinking people would know me as the kid sister of the guy who drove the 1958 red and white Chevy Impala (with the continental kit *LOL*). When my folks traded that car in, I thought my life was over my identity was lost! Standing in the car lot I felt they could have amputated my legs or gorged my eyes out and it would be better. *LOL* No one would know I was Roland's kid sister!! Well life did get better. How many older brothers would let their younger sister drive their new sports car (a 1963 little white convertible Corvette?) What a great guy. Thanks Gary. Remember how the cars would automatically tool around the Uptown shopping center. One of many of my old memories, The old Mayfair market, was there (and how cute was Ed Quigley ('62)!) I'm sure I wasn't recognized in that car. *LOL* I think I could relate more to Roland's class of '62 than my own. I know more tales and details of that class!! *LOL* I like what Ed said about the summer of our lives. Life does get better as we get older, raising two children and having beautiful bright (of course *LOL*) granddaughters and having all the great friends (eccentric, abnormal, and almost normal -- a great varied and diverse group!) over the years. I will always be 16 at heart (much to my children's chagrin), with what ever curse we may be blessed with now (wrinkles, old lady hair great vision or hearing *LOL*) The inner peace self acceptance (and good humor) I have now is the reward for all the ups and downs that have gotten me here to my spring to summer of my life and I'm going to enjoy it. I'm not a golfer but what about the 102 year old lady who got her first whole in one... how great is that! I'm finally going to close with one final thought. At our time in life we can always say and do what we want, our kids already think we're old and senile! *LOL* So take advantage, and enjoy it!! Have a great day everyone. -Roberta Lawrence ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shari Napora Bennett ('67) To: Susan Shepard ('67) I remember you well... I'm sure you still have that delightfully dry sense of humor. I wouldn't expect you to know, Susan, but my "first" boyfriend was Nick Thoennes ('67)--8th grade; oh the excitement of holding hands at the skating rink and CYO hay rides. However, I DO have fond, fun memories of Sunshine Superman Steve Wood ('67), my last high school boyfriend, summer '66 - summer '67. If I remember right, Steve broke up with me soon after graduation on a dare. Called me long distance, on the spot (of the dare) from his summer job in Milton Freewater. We stayed friends at WSU. I did know he enjoyed living in Amsterdam and traveling between there and here, but I haven't visited with him since the 20th reunion in 1987. I'm so happy to hear he has a daughter! I am certainly looking forward to reconnecting with classmates at our 40th reunion this July... which brings me to: To: David Rivers ('65) Thank you SO much for your SO true comments (Alumni Sandstorm ~ 05/25/07) on attending reunions! You put into words what we feel in our hearts... "... by staying away... (classmates are)... depriving many who love them from their company... We don't care that you never made it to Med-school... we don't give a rat's rear end what you do for a living, what kind of car you drive or how much money you make or don't make. We just miss you and would LOVE to see you. SO THERE!" -Shari Napora Bennett ('67) ~ legal residence in La Grande, OR, on the rim of the beautiful Grande Ronde valley, but we actually spend as much time in our car as at that house as we travel visiting our 5 children in Beaverton, OR; Kent & Spokane, WA; Austin, TX; and work on our places at Richland and Lake Chelan. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/04/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Terri Royce ('56), Steve Carson ('58) Burt Pierard ('59), Betti Avant ('69) Brad Wear ('71), Margaret Gilstrap ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Joe Wood ('48) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Helen Cross ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Heather Ryanne ('92) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Terri Royce Weiner ('56) Re: Alaska To: Dale Ennor ('59) Hey, Dale -- Ya also missed those of us who were born in Alaska. That used to be an impressive fact when I lived in Florida, but not a big deal at all here in Seattle. Heck, back in the late '30s and early '40s they still had wooden sidewalks in Fairbanks. And, I'm told my first word was "wolf" as I pointed out the front window. Wouldn't have wanted to live there forever, my extreme liberal side might never have developed. -Terri Royce Weiner ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) Re: Alaska I tapped into Dale Ennor's ('59) web site for the photo essay of Alaska and found it BREATHTAKING. If you didn't take the time to see this, give yourself a break and go there NOW. thanks Dale. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Mary Triem Mowery ('47) Re: Planes & the "Bombers" Do not despair. There have been planes & similar variations on the theme since the very beginning of the Bombers name. Even the Col-Hi Marching Band would march down the Bomber Bowl field in a "plane" formation (playing a "Dive Bomber" sound) before breaking AND re- forming in an "R" for the Fight Song. There was also the B-29 silhouette in the '46 Columbian. I can recall, as a circa 1950 grade schooler, when I first heard from a friend (probably Pat Quane ('59) since practically everything I learned at Sacy came from Pat first) that the Bombers name came from the Atomic Bomb. I ran home and asked my Dad (consummate Bomber fan who rarely missed a home football or basketball game, at least thru the '50s) and he confirmed what I had heard. When I asked about the many plane symbols, he gave me a look that signaled "dumb" question, shrugged his shoulders and said, "Obviously, it took a plane to deliver the Bomb." The important point is that none of these plane symbols (including the inflatables at the recent graduation) resemble Day's Pay in any way whatever and never have. We "Truth-Tellers" must take solace in "R-cloud" victories like the Principal acknowledging that the "R-cloud" is the official symbol of the school (when they renewed Trade Mark protection). One can also take pride in the presence of the "R-cloud" on all athletic uniforms except the Track Team (Will we see the return of the "R-cloud on the track uniforms next year, coach?). Keep the faith and keep telling the kids the truth. Atomic Bomber Cheers (ABCs), =Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: The Price is Right To: Marilynn Working Highstreet ('54) Marilynn, You were talking about the Price is Right show. When I was working at Madigan there was a civilian technician who had been there for 30 years. He always came in early and took an early lunch just so he could watch the show. I recall watching it one time and one of the contestants in the final show-down looked really familiar. She was (don't know if she is still) a professional pool player. She not only won but she was within $100.00 and won both. Also, if my memory serves me correctly a member of my brother's class ('72) had in her reunion booklet that she won a car on the show. My only hope is whoever wins the competition for the next host he or she is just as good as Bob Barker is. I usually don't get a chance to watch it much any more but catch it when I can. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it's a bit warmer today but not as warm as the other side of the mountains **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Wear ('71) Re: Bomber Mom death Helen Wear, Mother of Gay Wear Miller ('69) and Brad Wear ('71), passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2007. -Brad Wear ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Margaret Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) To: Dale Ennor ('59) I live in Alaska on Crooked Lake (not far from Big Lake) with a view of Mt. Susitna from my front windows. The sunsets are spectacular as well as the northern lights which are best viewed from the hot tub. I can not imagine living any where else. My guess is the only "toy" we do not own is a plane, but we have many friends who do. My husband flies with them often and takes spectacular pictures like the ones on the website. Thanks for sharing the website. The download took a while but the wait was worth it! [] I am not sure if we can post pictures but on the outside we can... this was taken from deck on the front side of my home overlooking Crooked Lake. -Margaret Gilstrap O'Hara ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Jill Johnson Meinecke ('79) ~ 1/11/61 5/31/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/05/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers and 1 RHS teacher/Advisor) sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Pappy Swan ('59) Alan Lobdell ('69), Larry Crouch ('71) Tim Turner (RHS Teacher) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Rushworth ('70) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) To:P Burt Pierard ('59) Thanks, Burt, but I am as stubborn (as my mother used to say, and my husband still says) as a Missouri mule (and I am a Missourian). In MY day, there wasn't even the cloud, just the beaver and the bomb! I DO think the cloud fits in nicely, however!!!! I've got another 6 years before the next grandchild graduates, so maybe I can mellow by then? Not very dang likely, tho... ABCs, -Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Brad Wear ('71) & Gay Wear ('69) Re: Bomber Mom death Brad and Gay, I knew your mother, only for a short time. But, on the phone and in person, I found her to be one, very sweet, lady. My heart goes out to both of you, DeWayne, and the rest of your family. George Swan ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Brad Wear ('71) & Gay Wear ('69) My condolences to you both on the loss of your mother. I saw you Brad last year at my brother's service however I don't think I've seen Gay in many years. Last time was at Guy's and Nola's house a long time ago I believe. Hope all is well with you both. -Alan Lobdell ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Crouch ('71) To: Brad Wear ('71) & Gay Wear ('69) Brad, Gay .. Our thoughts are with you Stay strong. Larry and Diana Crouch -Larry Crouch ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From Tim Turner (RHS Teacher Re: Old RHS yearbooks Hello, My name is Tim Turner. I am the current yearbook adviser at Richland High. As I am preparing to move from my room in Mac Hall to my new room in the main building, I have discovered that I have hundreds of old Columbians (the RHS yearbook). After speaking with our administration, I have been given permission to sell these books. The price we're asking is $5 each. My students are still sorting and organizing the books so I can't give you an accurate list of what years I have available. Off the top of my head, I have lots of books from the early 2000s back to the mid/early '90s. I have quite a few from the '80s and mid/late '70s. Once we get into the '60s and earlier, I have just a few from random years. If you think people might be interested, you are more than welcome to put an ad on the Sandstorm alumni website. People can e-mail me at the high school with the year(s) they're looking for and we can go from there. They can also call my classroom but only until June 12 when I will be out of the room. They can e-mail me all summer. Thanks, Tim Turner, Adviser The Sandstorm & The Columbian Richland High School Richland, WA ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/06/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 9 Bombers & 1 RHS teacher sent stuff & 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Ken Heminger ('56wb), Patti Jones ('60) Bob Cross ('62), Donni Clark ('63) Dennis Hammer ('64), David Rivers ('65) Bill Wingfield ('67), Alan Lobdell ('69) Anna Durbin ('69), Tim Turner (RHS Teacher) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Thomas Fraser ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Heminger ('56wb) Re: Teachers Noticed some entries from and about teachers today. I got this yesterday, and think there is more truth then fiction in the humor... It certainly shows the difference between then and now... -Ken Heminger ('56wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Weather is perfect. Depends on what minute you like. Watched a beautiful lightning show out my front window to the east last night. Doggies did not like the thunder that made the house shake quite a few times. Rained, rained and the wind blew. Woke up in the night and it was still raining. Rain cleaned the air and desert to a beautiful smell today. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Cross ('62) Re: Bomber dad On Saturday, June 2, our dad, Bob Cross, died. He was father to Bombers Allan ('59), Robert ('62), Carol ('64), Maryjane ('68-RIP), and Duane ('79). He was grandfather to Sherry Cross ('84), Scott Cross, Cameron Cross, Whitney Cross, Makenzie Cross (all Bombers), and Amy Cross Putman and Ambrea Cross. He was also uncle to Bombers Helen Cross Kirk ('62) and Roy Cross ('65). Dad and his brother Ken did not miss many Bomber basketball games and supported many Bombers in other sports. The family welcomes you to express your thoughts and memories at the Einan's online guest book at -Bob Cross ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) Re: Amazing Dancing Horse thought all the horse lovers out there might like this that was sent to me by a friend. -Donni Clark Dunphy ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dennis Hammer ('64) Re: The Bomb, the Bikini, and PC I was just thinking. I must have been thinking pretty hard because even Pappy ('59) in Burbank can smell wood burning. If we are going to be PC and change what the Bombers mascot really is; then when will we have to change the name or the meaning of the bikini swimsuit? After all the bikini was named after the atomic bomb tests on Bikini Atoll. That made the "hot" news story "hot" publicity for the "hot" new bathing suit. We might even have to change the Brian Hyland's 1960 number one hit song "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini;" and what about the Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello movies "Bikini Beach" and "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini.?" (I got the biggest kick out of Harvy Lembeck's performance as Eric Von Zipper in those Beach Party movies.) I don't remember what per cent of swimming suits never get wet, but it is quite High. I learned this years ago on TV from no less an authority than Esther Williams. You young whipper-snappers might use Google to find out who that is. -Dennis Hammer ('64) ~ from a lonely Bomber outpost in Lion country ~ Kennewick. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: '65ers and Friends of '65ers UNITE June 22-24 It's almost time... yes I can feel it coming... oh my... anticipation grows and we're ready for another get together... I remember so well the day the "Sorry 7" were having their picture taken in front of the hospital... Ricky Warford... (The "most sentimental" he'd a never been voted in our school days) said: "Every five years is too long... we have to meet every year"... he was so right... only now many of us are feeling that every year isn't enough we need to do this more often... in fact... several of the boyz have come to Vegas twice now for two Vegas car shows (October Rock-a-billy reunion" and April Viva Las Vegas... something to consider next year kids)... so here's the skinny... Some of us will be arriving on the 21st of June for the DQ kick off for the car show... That evening at 9:00 Burt Pierard ('59) has invited us to his place for home made Pizza and libations... Burt makes a mean Pizza and it's something that shouldn't be missed... I've done a snail mailing and it includes an invite... if you didn't get one... call me for Burt's Phone and address if you wanna go... my cell is (702)375-6961 so if ya get lost just call... Friday a bunch of us will do the Reach again in the morning waiting for others to show up after work Friday... Friday evening at 7:30 we'll do the mass dinner at Tres Margaritas (similar to the Chili dinner we had at R2K only Ray... #10 on the program ('64)... won't be serving... sorry... just couldn't talk him into it)... Saturday is kinda on your own at the car show and Simpson ('65) has planned a nonsanctioned cruise at noon from Anthony's parking lot up GWWay... around and stop at Col-Hi... then down Lee Hill (rumble rumble rumble pop pop... loved that sound in second gear) to Zip's for lunch... yes fries and tarter sauce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I assume we'll have a party at either Lyman's or Beaver's (both '65) Saturday nite... we'll figure that one out by Friday's dinner I hope... Sunday it will be mass breakfast at the DI dining room and if Brian ('65) would like to reinstate if we can do the over the hill gang hoops at Brian's and for those non hoopsters like me just hang and talk till planes, cars and trains leave... bring your hankies... never enough Kleenex for Sunday... I've probably left something out but at least I hope I got the dates and times right this time... Hey... this is addressed to YOU... got it? Call a friend and remind them... Please! PS... I goofed up and forgot Sue Vandenberg's ('65) b-day on the 3rd... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) To: Donna McGregor Salazar ('57) & Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) Well, it looks like just the 3 of us. How about meeting this Saturday 6/9 at 12:00. I would suggest we meet at Tomasito's and that would make Ralph Myrick ('51) jealous. How does that sound to you 2? If one of you have a better idea, I'm game. Donna, I'll call you to confirm the time. Cindy, I don't have your phone #, so please let us know. -Bill Wingfield (BRC'67) ~ Santa Fe, NM, where it's nice enough this am to fire up the Harley to ride to work in Los Alamos. I have to ride more, if I'm going to become a bad ass biker dude. aka Road King Willy **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) Wow! Sure hope Gay Wear gets over being a ('59). Just wanted all to know I put ('69) on my entry. -Alan Lobdell ('69) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Yes, you sure did, Alan... my error. Sorry. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anna Durbin ('69) To: Gay Wear ('69) and Brad Wear ('71) I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was always so nice and such a striking and stylish person. Hope you are able to help each other through your loss. -Anna Durbin ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tim Turner (RHS Teacher) Re: Old RHS yearbooks My worst fear has come true. Please post on the website that I have NOTHING from the '50s and only a few books (less than 5) from the '60s. My inbox has been inundated with requests for books from the '50s and '60s, even a few from the '40s. Most of what I have is the '80s to the present. Thanks, Tim Turner, Adviser The Sandstorm & The Columbian Richland High School Richland, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Joyce Ferney Tisdale ('52wb) ~ 11/1/34 - 6/3/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/07/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Marie Ruppert ('63), Betti Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marguerite Groff ('54) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Laurie Hutton ('72) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) Hope this brightens your day! On Memorial Day I was tagging along with my daughter, Christy, grandson, Cameron and granddaughter, Sydney running errands as all working moms do on weekends. We stopped at a local fast food place for a quick bite. Cameron (9) was being his usual know it all big brother and giving Sydney (6) a hard time over the evolutionary order of animals and their relationship to us, humans. Mainly we are talking food chains here. We go through how everyone eats something else, but sometimes others take care of weaker ones. Sydney digests this a bit and as we have quieted down to nibble our meal she looks up at us and states in her young, clear, penetrating voice (audible throughout the place), "I guess in God's eyes we are all His pets!" Christy and I look at each other and say, "Works for me!" We heard chuckles and every face was looking over and smiling. This had been a trying morning and we had just learned of the sudden, unexpected death of my niece, Carole, Joanne's ('66) daughter. The day looked better from that point on. As they say, "Out of the mouths of babes!" -Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) ~ n much cooler Richland today **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: bikini To: Dennis Hammer ('64) Dennis, You were talking about the song "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini". Yoplait yogurt uses the song in their advertisements. It has a gal hanging the aforementioned bikini on a hanger in her living room. She eats the product and by the time the bikini season rolls around she is magically the right size to wear it. In another there's a gal hiding behind things and covering herself up until her inflatable raft looses all of its air and it droops down showing her in the bikini. Anything to sell a product, huh? -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA where it looks and feels like rain **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice >>Gary May ('58wb) ~ 8/9/40 - 5/28/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/08/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn De Vine ('52), Marlene Maness ('57), Patti Jones ('60) Tom Verellen ('60), Betsy Fox ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darvis Bergam ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jane Simmons ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Wingfield ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dyanna Cook ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia Ehinger ('71WB) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Robert Evans ('89) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) Re: Update on Gus Keeney ('57) After his hip re-replacement on Monday: He is coming along okay and expects to be home from Lourdes Hospital on Friday. He will be on mobility restrictions for about a month. I'm sure he would enjoy emails, phone calls or visits. Until about the 4th of July, he will be recuperating here at my house [Address deleted -- email Em for her address. -Maren]. After the 4th, he will be at the home of his late wife's cousin, in South Richland. Meanwhile, I'm having a great time being a Mother's Helper for a wonderful family with new triplets! Bomber regards to each and all, -Em De Vine ('52) ~ in somewhat stormy Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Maness Isom-Mulch ('57) Re: Sunny Ogston Anderson ('57-RIP) The Alexandria Gazette Packet, a newspaper in the D.C. area, ran a story on Sunny recently. It is so true that her name fit her perfectly. She was a very special person and a dear friend. The newspaper article is attached. -Marlene Maness Mulch ('57) ~ Prescott, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) To: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: Santa Fe Luncheon Yes you will be having your luncheon on the day of the All Bomber Luncheon - Richland. I have been following along with your Sandstorm entries regarding the luncheon. Through the years of my hosting Bomber luncheons I always follow along when I hear of a new one. Always there to assist through computer as well. There is a excitement whenever a group of Bombers gets together no matter where it is. Being a host/hostess has an intensity of it it's own that only the host/hostess knows. Starting with four can create more Bombers as the time goes by. Good work Bill! Re: Soldiers wives and husbands Not to be forgotten are the wives/husbands during war, who diligently hold the homes for the return of the soldiers. I have a wife and 9 month old baby of a soldier who is in Afghanistan living next door to me. Being neighbors it has brought the war closer to home than I would have ever expected. Last night I was awakened by a noise that I could not figure out. When I finally managed to stumble out of bed, I could see red lights flashing through the front windows. Realizing it was a fire truck & paramedic car, I could not tell exactly at first see where it was parked because of a tree. Finally went outside to find they were parked at my next door neighbor's (the military wife). Rushed over to let her know I was with her if she needed something. The baby had been sick with fever and turned blue as she was already taking her to the emergency at the hospital. 911 was called. Worrying off and on through the night and feeling so helpless of what to do I finally (after a couple of calls) got hold of the mother-in-law this morning. Hospital doctor thought the baby had a virus that went into the seizure. Thankfully she wasn't already in the car when the seizure happened. Both baby and mother are doing fine today. Seeing the normal doctor later today. Dad is due home on the weekend for a couple weeks of R&R. So many times I have been thanked for living next door. Nancy is relieved knowing I am close at hand. Watching Nancy's stress through the months has not been easy. But knowing I can be there at a moment's notice has been knowing I can do something to help. So if you know a military wife/husband in your area reach out with all the support you can. Re: Graduations My first grandson is graduating next week from Stadium High School in Tacoma. Can't wait to be there with all the family, which has not happened much in the 2 l/2 years I have lived in West Richland. Also a time to catch up with some friends. To: David Rivers ('65) Re: Growing Up Your subject about growing up has given me many thoughts since you wrote into the Sandstorm. Some times I think growing up is to be without all of the responsibilities I have. Still working at 65 on Saturday I long for retirement but enjoy my job so much cannot see myself retiring for another five years. I think growing up is mainly being young inside. Being young inside has been reviewed by me many times through the years and kept things happening so I do stay young. Not always easy with the struggles of life. My other growing would be to have the freedom to travel many places in the world. To be able to pick up and go any time. Family, friends and meeting of new people of all ages have given me a constant growing up changes. Re: Luncheons Starting to realize through writing this entry that I am giving myself a birthday message. One of the fun things throughout the years of hosting luncheons the June luncheon always falls right around my birthday. Always an extra excitement to be with Bombers during that time. Thanks to all the Bombers who attend the luncheons you have made my birthday joyful many, many times. Not to forget all the other months of the year when we get together and what all the coming together has meant for so many Bombers. For those of you who have not attended the Richland All Bomber Luncheon would love to see you on Saturday the 9th. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) West Richland, WA ~ Guess I'd better get packing to be ready to leave on Sunday. Looking forward also to the Cool Desert Nights weekend when David Rivers ('65) and the group bring about another great Bomber get-together. June is packed with wonderful things to do. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Tom Verellen ('60) Little known facts about the bikini: It was originally designed as a one piece suit designed Helen Porstich and when swim suit model Bertha Kini could no longer hold her breath in she relaxed and the midsection parted and became a two piece. Hence a Bi-Kini as a tribute to Bertha's side career as a power eater. On the other hand the poka dot was a more purposeful invention. The big break came when Kratiss Itch invented and stabilized the spaces between the "dots" which had a tendency to pull together and gave the appearance more like jelly beans. Why they are called "poka" is still a mystery, but it is rumored that if you poka the dots you get a poka in the nose. -Tom Verellen ('60) ~ ear Lacey, WA - isn't it odd how wise we become when we are retired? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betsy Fox Vance ('63) I now am where many of you have been for some time - and others just recently -- My mom - Marjorie Fox - who I have been caring for the last 7 years -- died on June 1 at age 97. It was a peaceful death in her home with all of us around her. I have been in this wonderful Caregivers Support Group for over a year, and heard others' stories of their own parents death -- and thought I was prepared -- but, still find it a bit overwhelming and difficult to accept and integrate into my being. My brother - McGregor Fox ('58) was also there and a huge help throughout this process - as were my sons. We are becoming the top tier of adults, aren't we -- no more cushions of 'motherly' or 'fatherly' advice to rely on -- homes to go home to -- final questions to get answered. I am blessed and fortunate to have had mom as long as I did - and I do know and appreciate that. In our group, we often ask ourselves about the changing roles - where we are becoming the parents of our parents -- how do we respect their 'personhood', while at the same time, more and more needing to take control and maintain their safety. We talk about guilt, and the sense that we are never doing enough -- or when we will have our life back -- it's like taking care of children - only a LOT harder -- and they don't grow up. Well, I've done it -- and am glad I did what I did for mom. Right now I am feeling exhausted and confused and a bit lost. I am glad she is free again. I admire all of you who have gone through this and are again righted -- and all of you currently going through it. I am trying to write mom's obituary - and it is turning into a novel -- how do you stuff 97 years into 4 paragraphs? I guess I will learn. I am grateful to her and her unfailing spirit of belief, encouragement and optimism in all she met. If any of you are in this position of caretaking a parent and live in the Tri-Cities, please feel free to join our group -- it is really a fun and lively and delightful group who also has so much support and kindness for each other as we go through this process. We meet once a week. My best to you all, wherever you are in your journeys in life. -Betsy Fox Vance ('63) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/09/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Pappy Swan ('59), Nancy Stull ('59), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Bishop ('57) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Patti Jones ('60) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dennis Haskins & Shirley Collings ('66) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Fishin' and huntin'..."And, I wait for you" My friend and fellow classmate, Bill Byrd ('59), who lives in Colorado right on the bank of one of the nation's primo trout streams, mentioned in a recent e-mail that he was suffering from the lack of fishing. He explained, "We are at the peak of the runoff here on the Arkansas... 2400 cfs up from 450 cfs. Its muddy and bank full. Even the edges are muddy. I need a fishin' fix badly." Friends and fellow Bombers, I understand that need, the craving, and getting the shakes when I can't go huntin' or fishin.' So, until I can, I relieve that tension by watching the new "Sportsman's Channel or the older "Outdoor Channel." They are on channels, 417 and 418, respectively on my tube, here near Bomberville. However, I think that what we are experiencing here is a greater affliction than modern medicine is prepared to address. It is especially acute for those of us who have been around long enough that hunting and fishing has actually become a way of life for a large portion of each annual cycle. Take me for example, if they cut me open, they would probably find annual rings, like a gnarly old tree (soon to number 66). I'll bet they could tell how good the fishin' and huntin' was each year by how wide the rings are (as in, bigger = better). Now, there are indeed fishing and hunting enthusiasts of each gender, but by and large it seems to be more of a "Guy Thing." Non-fishers and non-hunters (often synonymous with wives) fail to comprehend the magnitude of the pressures and desires that can build to a stressful level within the aging outdoorsman. When I was younger, sex did wonders for those maladies... but now, just caressing a favorite gun or fishin' rod makes me gasp and emit great sighs of relief. But, take heart... mi amigos. I have found an answer! I find that dressing up adds even greater excitement! Yep, I said, "Dressing up!" But, I mean, like in waders, vest, floppy fishin' hat, and clutching that favorite rod... or... donning huntin' boots, blaze orange huntin' vest, Elmer Fudd huntin' cap, and fondling my cherished old shotgun. Oh yes, I find that dressing up and sitting in front of the TV and watching said programs brings immense satisfaction. And, for an ultimate "turn on," I often cross dress! You know, like wearing fishin' clothes to watch huntin' shows and "vicee versee." Even the guys on those outdoor shows seem to understand, as they sometimes just stop, mouths agape, while failing to set the hook or missing a shot and stare out of the TV tube at me... in utter amazement... at my creativity! My only problem is, Mrs. Pappy really fails to understand and fully comprehend and share in my enthusiasm. I think that she misinterprets my restless outdoor spirit. Thus, her behavior often borders on "hostile" when, let's say... my fly line rips pictures and knickknacks from the wall... or like when I once blew a one- of-a-kind vase off the entertainment center with a load of 12 ga, number sixes (through a full choke). Hey, fellow Rednecks, it were a good shot! Just kiddin'... I think, memory's gettin' bad. Gentlemen, have patience. Don't start yer engines yet. We gotta coast fer just a little longer. Follow Pappy's Stress Relief Guidelines for Aging Sportsmen (above) and before you know it, the good times will be here, once again. Oh, good times where are you? "And, I... waaaait... for youuu..." Soon, the snow-melt waters will be but one more, distant memory. Huntin' season will be just around the corner and we'll all be singin,' "Oh, Happy Day! When fishin' returns, when huntin' begiiiiiins." Here's to low waters, dimpled surfaces, fall flights, and autumn leaves. Until then ... maybe a den or special room out in the garage, shed, or barn to bide our time... dressed up in front of the TV? Hey, Parris Hilton got out early. Maybe there's hope for us! [UPDATE, Pappy -- Ms. Hilton is back in jail. -Maren] -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the premature hot weather has subsided, for a few days, anyway. Oh nuts! The weather's better but that means the runoff will slow down. Can't win fer losin.' **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Nancy Stull Jewell/Knutson ('59) Today I read Betsy Vance Fox's ('63) entry about her mother's death and writing her mother's obituary. I also discussed this in the recent past with Carole Wickstrom Tadlock ('59). It's difficult, at best. My mother (Emma Stull) and I discussed this issue shortly after Carole's mother's (Grace Wickstrom Mattson) death. My mother has been gracious enough to write her own bio which mentions things she would like to have included. Mom is 98 today and we are all blessed by her relative good health and mental alertness. She is making the future transition easier for me. God bless her. -Nancy Stull Jewell/Knutson ('59) Note: I used Jewell/Knutson here because my name is "Jewell" but I'm married to Paul Knutson ('59). I chose not to change my name yet again when we married and he had no objection. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: 'Nuther Bomber babe birthday Yes... you heard right... another Bomber-babe is about to turn... uhhhhhhhh another year older but not, I hope, deeper in debt... (Sorry Pea Picker... couldn't help myself)... tho from her last email, I do believe this girl could load 16 tons without much trouble... she was (and is) the older sis of a good friend from my Spalding days... those were the days... we had so much fun at that school... even if our 5th grade teacher kept a rubber hose handy to keep us in line... can you imagine a teacher with a rubber hose today? Dang... Craig Davis ('65), Keith Peterson ('65) and I would be rich kids if we'd grown up today... but as it was back then... each time we got walloped, our parents merely responded... "You deserved it"... but anyway... like I said... the birthday girl was older and wiser than we were growing up... or at least so we thought... I have since learned she was just older and hadda learn to be wiser a day at a time just like the rest of us... she is back in Richland now reliving the Joy of Richland and it is always fun to visit with her in June when the Boyz 'n' me hit town... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO PATTI JONES AHRENS ('60)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/10/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: George Brinkman ('60), Betty Neal ('62), Bill Wingfield ('67) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mary Lee Lester ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Brinkman ('60) and Betty Neal Brinkman ('62) Re: Our Condolences to Betsy ('63) and McGregor ('58) Fox We just wanted to send our condolences to Betsy and McGregor. It is never easy to lose a parent and to have to write their obituary. I'm sure taking care of your mother in her final years wasn't easy. But she was blessed to have you for a daughter, Betsy. -Betty Neal ('62) and George ('60) Brinkman **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Wingfield (Blue Ribbon Class of '67) Re: First Santa Fe All Bomber Lunch Well there were only 3 of us, but Donna McGregor Salazar ('57), Cindy Payton Hoffman ('65) and myself, had a good time. We met at Tomasita's in Santa Fe, NM. Donna and I had met before, but we had not met Cindy. So it was kind of fun. Donna saw Cindy holding a Bomber Letter, and I was wearing my Bomber Sweatshirt. In trying to set this up, I talked to 2 other Bombers who couldn't make this one, but want to be included in the next one: Kathleen Renig Enloe ('66) and Ron Snow ('67). It was fun talking and finding out that Oren & Bonney Dotson parents of Mike ('65), Lynn ('66), and Janet ('7?) are Cindy's parents' best friends, as they were my parents best friends too. Donna and Cindy, thanks for the good time. Kathleen and Ron, we'll make sure we do it next time when you can make it. Maren, here are emails I received from Cindy and Donna, I don't know if you can post this or not, but if you can, do it: ----- Original Message ---- From: cindy To: Bill Hey Bill: Thanks for organizing our first Bomber luncheon. It was great to meet both you and Donna. We definitely have to do it again and again. Hope you and your wife did not get caught in "the storm". Bomber Cheers. Cindy Hey Cindy, double that for me. I really enjoyed meeting you and "for sure and for certain" getting together for more luncheons, the next one being out at San Marcos. Come out my way when you can. Great to visit with you again Bill, and looking forward to meeting Crista at the next luncheon, or before if you both come out this way on a bike ride or any other kind of ride, stop on by. Yeah, Bomber Cheers, Donna McGregor Salazar -Bill Wingfield (BRC'67) ~ Santa Fe, NM where I saw a tornado funnel today for the first time, just an hour after our 1st ever Santa Fe Bomber lunch. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/11/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Lois Weyerts ('56), Dena Evans ('64) Shirley Collings ('66), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Darlene Minard ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Larry Aeschliman ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ted Ogston ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Gals of '56 Bomber Lunch The Bomber gals of the class of '56 had their monthly luncheon on June 5 at Rosy's Ice Cream and Diner in Richland. We usually meet on the first Tuesday of each month except during the summer and in September when Club 40 has its reunion. We began these luncheons after our 45th reunion over five years ago. We began meeting in different homes with about 5 of us providing salads, rolls and a dessert. The last couple of years we have decided to meet at different restaurants with an occasional lunch at someone's home. We have a great time and have 6 to 12 people attend. Two faithful classmates come from as far as Prosser and Selah! We always have a great visit, lots of laughs and are there for support when our classmates are experiencing difficult times. Next fall, I will try to post our luncheons on the Sandstorm in hopes that more of you will be able to join us. If some of you Bomber gals who don't live here locally plan to be in the Tri-Cities this summer and want to have lunch, contact me by email and we will see if we can get together some of us locals for a lunch at a restaurant. We do not have to eat on a Tuesday--it could be any day of the week. School is out so I guess summer is really here. Enjoy It! -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ in overcast Richland where we may have some showers today but a sunny day tomorrow. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans Harr ('64) To: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Needless to say Pappy, you put a smile on everyone's face as they read your entries. This last entry about the "hunter", reminded me of a story that I would like to share. My Grandparents lived on the Indian Reservation outside of Pendleton, OR. They, and four other families, bought land from the Umatilla Tribe. Anyhoo.... One day my brother, Jerry ('64), was at the "homestead", when he decided to fool around with Grandpa's shotgun. Now we had all been taught not to go near his rifles, as they were loaded. Well, Jerry sat on the couch to admire this rifle, kitty Liz was laying on the back of the couch behind Jerry, when all of a sudden,the gun went off. (Of course Jerry said that he didn't touch a thing), He didn't get hurt, but it took about four days to get the cat out of the rafters, there was a huge hole in the front door and screen door, and, believe it or not, Jerry got his limit of Pheasant in one shot...... Grandma had some plaster Pheasants hanging in her dining room, and every one of them fell to the floor and shattered. Jerry had to work all summer cutting wood to pay for the doors, but they did not charge him for the Pheasants. Every once in awhile we bring this up, along with other hairbrain sunts of his, if for no other reason, but to let his kids know that no matter what Dad tells them, he is not perfect. Hopefully I will be in the Tri-Cities in July to make the lunch at JD's. -Dena Evans Harr ('64) ~ Portland, OR where there is "liquid sunshine" aplenty. Talk about raining on a Parade, the Rose that is. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) Re: Passing of Joann Saucier Jo Saucier, Bomber mother of Mark ('70), Paula ('71) and Trish ('77), lost her battle with cancer on May 26, 2007. Jo was one of the nicest people I've ever met. You would never know that she was battling cancer for so long. She was always so out-going, vivacious and had a beautiful smile for everyone. My deepest condolences to the Saucier family, however, they were truly blessed to have Jo as their mother. May you feel God's strength during this difficult time. Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) ~ Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/12/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1 Bomber sent stuff: Mike Franco ('70) I am sad to learn of the passing of Mrs. (Joann) Saucier. To my classmate Mark, Paula and "little Trish": all my best go to you all. I remember those GREAT days with your whole family out on the river. Mark your dad always drove the boat and your mom always had a smile. Just more great Richland parents... boy were we ALL lucky. I hope you all feel strength from all the great memories you have. -Mike Franco ('70) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/13/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Marguerite Groff ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Lois Weyerts ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Re: Ferol Smith Lukins ('54) Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54) has asked me to forward the following information to the Sandstorm. Norma received a call from Ferol Smith Lukins' ('54) son, Todd... As many of you are aware, Ferol has been dealing with cancer for several years. Todd called Norma to let her know that his mom is now in Hospice and has only a few days left. Norma is very busy with the many hours she puts into honoring our Military so I volunteered to forward this very sad news We will keep you posted. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ Richland where I am enjoying the weather... don't miss winter one little bit!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: Learning to fly (Originally Sent 6/5/070 I guess that I have watched the slide show of the guy who flew up to and around Alaska in his Piper SuperCub on balloon tires a dozen times.. [see entry from Dale Ennor ('59) on 3/3/07 with this URL: -Maren] He could have only done that with a "tail banger" type aircraft and the Cub or SuperCub is the best choice. Interesting about the little belly pod that he had installed too. Way back in the days of the piston airplane, I worked for Pacific Northern Airlines (PNA) and they flew 0749 Lockheed Constellations, a very high off the ground three tailed beast of an aircraft. PNA had bought seven of them from Air France and three from KLM Royal Dutch and all of the Air France aircraft were equipped with a belly pod that could take around 5,000 pounds of freight, most of which could be oversize in width or length (like coffins, pipe, rolls of wire, etc.). Whilst not permanently affixed to the aircraft like the SuperCub, the idea was the same... more storage space. I digress. Those of us who learned to fly probably did so in airplanes like the Piper Cub, Piper SuperCub or the Cessna 150, the latter being a tri-cycle (nose geared aircraft ad opposed to tail geared). I started in a Cessna 150 but half way through my instruction I was changed to a SuperCub and that was a whole new adventure. Actually it was a good deal for me because by the time I soloed, I had time in both tricycle and tail banger aircraft. You see that young pilot who had such a marvelous trip around Alaska could not have done what he did without a plane like a SuperCub... well maybe a helicopter. That is real flying. Two seats, front and back, have to crawl in through an opening at the pilot's seat, half of which folds up and hooks on the wing and half that folds down and bangs on the side of the air craft. It is operated with a "stick" for steering, a few gauges on the dash, a compass fixed to the center console, maybe some other stuff taped to the window struts, no autopilot, no oxygen or anything fancy. A little slow too but great vision. Man, what a trip and I can remember runway 29 at Kodiak. Also went through Rainy Pass maybe 30 plus times flying lea side against the mountain to avoid downdrafts or weird winds. It is a wonder I lived this long but I loved every second of it. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ back from Santa Barbara all beaten up and broken by six very lively grandkids. Five boys and one girl and they have a trampoline that is more like a hockey game than just a little game of jumping up and down. They called me "Big Air" because when my bum hit the middle of the ring their's elevated 8-10 feet. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Re: Letter to the Alumni Sandstorm from Red Wood ('54) & Shirley Bumgarner Wood ('56) I am writing this on behalf of Red and Shirley to all their friends who responded with cards, prayers, and telephone calls while they were at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Center. They want you to know how much they appreciated your care and concern. Your response was wonderful and you have no idea how much all this meant to them. You think you are in this situation all alone until you start receiving the cards. "You are in our thoughts and prayers" gave them strength to face each day and gave them so much comfort. They continue to feel your love and concern and want to let you know how much they appreciate your continued prayers for them. The Bomber support for fellow Bombers is phenomenal! These thoughts come from Red and Shirley who are home now. -Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) ~ in sunny Richland ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/14/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Triem ('47), Marguerite Groff ('54) Mike Clowes ('54), Gus Keeney ('57) Missy Keeney ('59), Carol Converse ('64) Deanna Lukins ('79) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gus Keeney ('57) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jimmie Shipman ('51) and Roberta Adkins ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Triem Mowery (a '47 Bomber) To: Lois Weyerts Harrold ('56) Please add my name to those who wish well to Red Wood ('54) and Shirley Bumgarner Wood ('56). I worked with Shirley several years ago and know that they both have been through the big cancer ordeal. Hope to see them at Club 40 this year. -Mary Triem Mowery, a '47 Bomber **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) Attention: '54 gals Just wanted to remind you that we will be meeting at Granny's tomorrow at about noon. We really do enjoy our get togethers, but want to share the fun with YOU! We usually stay until about 2:00. We eat salads/eat entree's/eat dessert and all the while just talk and laugh at each other and ourselves. At least give it a try; you may be glad you did. For all you awesome ladies that live too far to join us, please let us know if you are ever in town. We welcome any excuse to go to lunch!! Yesterday I submitted a message regarding Ferol Smith Lukins ('54). I wrote that she had cancer. Norma Myrick Nunamaker ('54) just sent me a message to tell me that for years, Ferol has been dealing with diabetes and has had heart bypass surgery. I am sorry about the error. We have not heard anything since I reported that she is now in Hospice. Will report as we learn more. I know her family will appreciate all you love and prayers. [See entry later in this Sandstorm from Deanna Lukins Wingart ('79) about Ferol. -Maren] Maren, I miss it that folks are no longer listing where they live when submitting an item for the Sandstorm. It seems like that was once a sort of rule. However, this IS an awesome publication and I admire your dedication and support for some of us folks who send entries that require you to fix our mistakes. I'm assuming you will let me know when my payment is due for my subscription. -Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54) ~ In good ole Richland; A little breezy today (as happens a lot); It's not too hot; and, it's not winter (Yeah!) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) Re: Club 40 Reunion - September 7, 8, 9, 2007 Very early returns are in, but it is too close to call. Not even Fox News will touch this one. However, for the very curious, here are the numbers. Class of '45 - 1; Class of '46 - 1; Class of '47 - 7 Class of '48 - 3; Class of '49 - 2; Class of '51 - 1 Class of '52 - 21; Class of '53 - 2; Class of '54 - 8 Class of '55 - 4; Class of '56 - 3; Class of '57 - 16 Class of '58 - 4; Class of '60 - 2 Remember these counts are only Bombers, and do not include spouses, guests or significant others. If you don't see your class listed, well, why haven't you sent in your Club 40 registration. There is a discount for members of the classes up to, and including, 1949 for Bombers only. If you are really curious, the names are posted on the Club 40 Website, along with a registration form and a schedule of events. Just go to and scroll through the page to find what you need. Thank you, and do keep those registration forms coming in. -Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: Recovery time Hi All, The recovery process is working out more conveniently at Marilyn DeVine's ('52). Being retired, she is available 24-7. At Dick and Jane's, I would have had to coordinate folks to cover the times they were at work. So far, seem like it is going more slowly than before. Dr. Hazel said it went pretty much as expected, but he had to spend more time chipping out the old cement!!! My follow up appointment is June 19th. More later, Here comes Nurse EM with my high fibre cereal!!!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) Happy Birthday to my MUCH older, big brother, Gus ('57), I love it when you have a birthday 'cause I always know that (neener, neener, neener) you will always be older than I am!! You better be doing those exercisers because I want you up and doin' the jitterbug by Club 40! [WHAT? Gus knows how to jitterbug??????? -Maren] Re: All Bomber Lunch on 6/9/07 I'm sure the reason you haven't heard about our Saturday lunch at J.D.'s in West Richland is 'cause Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), our esteemed hostess, had to leave immediately for a graduation in the Tacoma area. There was a wonderful turnout with several new folks (I plumb forgot names but Patti will know). It was the actual day of Patti's Birthday so they sang the stupid Birthday song a couple of times (I really, really HATE that song). Fortunately, I learned a Birthday song from the Dr. Seuss CAT IN THE HAT SONG BOOK a few years ago so I could honor her with that. I hope that pictures will be forthcoming! The event did not make the "News at 11." -Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Carol Converse Maurer ('64) Seems we are on a summer schedule of sorts. Everybody is taking a break. Thank goodness a few still write into the Sandstorm each day. I haven't written in in some time, but I thoroughly enjoy reading this great paper each and every day. I know that at least I always have one e-mail in by mail box, haha. Carol Converse Maurer (Boomer Class of '64) ~ Eureka, CA sure is trying to act like summer, but has a long long way to go. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deanna Lukins Wingart ('79) It is with great sadness that we inform you that our Aunt Ferol Smith Lukins (54) has passed away. We would like to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. We will keep you posted regarding her memorial service. The Lukins Family -Deanna Lukins Wingart ('79) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/15/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Gus Keeney ('57), David Rivers ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Nadine Smith ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cathy Mouton ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Debbie Lien ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Eileen O'Neil ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jo Heidlebaugh ('74) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gus Keeney ('57) Re: My Birthday (6/14) Hi all!!!! Thanks for the birthday Greetings, etc.!!!! We had an impromptu cake & ice cream gathering here this evening at Em's. Doug ('57) & Sally Stiles, Missy Keeney ('59) & Burt Pierard ('59), Jane & Dick Stephens, Em ('52) and yours Truly!!!! Just the right size crowd!!!!! -Gus Keeney ('57) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Month long festivities Tomorrow starts the month long festivities for two of my favorite Bomber-babes... I could be off by 15 days but I hope I have it right... gee now I'm not sure... one was born on the 15th and the other on the 23rd and I'm sure they don't just celebrate from the 15th thru the 23rd... it probably doesn't matter in the scheme of things but I would like to get my info right when I send these things in... these two remind me a little of Brian Johnson ('65) and Terry Krugel ('65) when standing side by side... they make a great pair visually... actually... they are very nice visually period but there I go... I can be such a piece of work... Actually, I was just talking to Brian about these babes and about Krugel in my office yesterday... he had a question on a piece of property and naturally he felt compelled to seek the best legal advise he could find... long drive from Richland to Vegas just to be billed an hour for 15 minutes worth of work... no that's not a good thing to say... skip that part... actually he was on his way to California with a trailer to pick up his daughter and all her stuff from school... I sure hope these two appreciate how far I will go to wish them a happy... my computer crashed yesterday and the only thing I could get to work after the computer guy spent hours trying to fix it is an old version of AOL that has virtually none of my addresses on it and I can't even let the birthday girls know I'm thinking of them (I don't think they read the Sandstorm)... but back to the birthday babes... two of the coolest girls I've ever had the pleasure of knowing... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Cathy Mouton ('65)... Diane Murphy will have to wait till the 23rd! -David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/16/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Helen Cross (62), Jim Hamilton ('63), Linda Thomas ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marcia Miller ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sharon Lovinger ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jan Bell ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk (62) Greetings from the midwest where it's been hot and sunny, but low humidity and some breezes have helped to keep it tolerable, but we do need rain... I talked to fellow classmate Carole Johnston Berg ('62) to get Joyce Herbel's address for our reunion, and she told me she hasn't received notification about our 45th reunion yet, and she hasn't moved nor changed addresses since our last one... She also told me that her exchange sister, Agneta Bjorkland Strand who lived with Carole and her family and graduated with us in the class of '62 is dying of cancer in Sweden. Carole has been over there this year and the plan is Agneta will come here in August, but she needs prayers for a miracle to be able to start healing to make this trip. I will be happy to email anyone Carole or Agneta's addresses and I'll try to get Agneta's email too, just contact me privately. I'm still looking forward to our reunion in September in conjunction with the Club 40 event!! -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ still in the house by the little lake in West Harrison, IN where we are praying for rain, so our and other little lakes don't dry up. Plants are stressing and our lawns look like the end of August around here. Also I should add Warren has been assigned a church and we will be moving to Grandview which is west of Louisville and east of Owensboro, KY. We will be on the Indiana side of the Ohio River as of July l, so if you are inclined to pray we would appreciate your prayers for the actual first church assignment in this second career. Any more news on our reunion will be appreciated. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) To those of you who were there at her Sweet 16 Luau, complete with Tiki torches, it was 45 years ago today. For the rest of us who weren't invited, it was also 45 years ago. Happy Birthday to Jan Bell ('64)... you always make us smile. The forever Young and always Lovely Miss Nancy and Jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) Re: David Rivers' ('65) entry I am glad I am not the only one who has never decided what I want to be--it has gotten so bad that for the past twelve years I have worked in the Counseling Office at our High School and while many classes have graduated and moved on, I am still there and waiting for my turn to "Graduate"! -Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/17/07 HAPPY FATHER'S DAY ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4 Bombers sent stuff: Sally Sheeran ('58), Burt Pierard ('59), Sharon Greer ('62), Ken Staley ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Mike Sams ('65) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Dick Boehning & Linda Belliston ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) To: Steve Carson ('58) Those pictures of Alaska a couple of weeks ago were wonderful. Who was the photographer? Next time he comes up he'll have to come to the Pribilofs for a completely different look at this state. My husband, Chuck, and I have worked out here on St. George Island for parts of 14 "summers" and are still fascinated with this area - a rock in the middle of the Bering Sea. Our tour of duty actually ends today and we'll be flying back home to Wasilla, weather permitting (which it often doesn't). -Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) ~ from the Pribilofs - where the only sound this morning is of the multitude of seals barking in the fog and thousands of murres, auklets, kittiwakes, and puffins circling the island. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Sal, The site was first sent to the Sandstorm by Dale Ennor ('59) for the 6/3 issue: The guy seems to add more pictures on a regular basis... website says "James Christianson is the photographer -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) Re: Oops, I screwed up again! I forgot to send this this post in for yesterday's (the 15th) Sandstorm. Anyhow, here's the news 2 days late. My esteemed Brother Dick ('52) and his "Sainted" wife, Charlene, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 15th. She must be a Saint to have put up with him for all these years! Anyhow, they had a wonderful family trip (Son, Daughter, Charlene's sister, Son- in-law, & Grandkid) to Orlando to celebrate. Best wishes & hopes for many more anniversaries! Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sharon Greer ('62) Re: 45th reunion I don't believe I have received a notice about the class of '62 reunion. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend since September is the middle of hurricane season and I need to be here. I am still repairing my house from being flooded by Katrina and am working on getting my father's house rebuilt, and the swimming pool rehabilitated. I do hope to get to a future reunion and catch up with old friends. We are slowly recovering from being beat to pieces by Katrina. The banks, city hall, police, library, and water dept. are still operating out of trailers but we do have a filling station and a hardware store in real buildings. We may even get a real grocery store sometime next year. The new bridge opened a few weeks ago so we can get to the neighboring town without having to make a 60 mile detour. The recovery is a bit stressful but there is always something new happening. There is no such thing as a "daily" routine. The Federal Government still has not told us what the new requirements will be to get flood insurance. Also, we do not have the new building codes yet. It is a wonder anyone has rebuilt. Most of the city is still living in FEMA trailers. We are in uncharted territory because we were flooded with the greatest storm surge ever to hit a populated area. Being hit with 35' of slow-moving water was bad, I cannot imagine the terror of the Indian Ocean Tsunamis, 35' high and hitting land at 50-100 mph. Cheers from sunny south Mississippi with the white sand beaches, palm trees, and lots of concrete slabs. Happy Father's Day to all you Bomber Dads -Sharon Greer ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ken Staley ('68) To: David Rivers ('65) and Linda Thomas Richardson ('68) I was sure, when I left RHS and headed for college, that at the end of those 4 years, I'd know it all! (well... what little I didn't already know at 18, you understand) 6 years and 300+ credits later, I realized that not only would I not know all the answers, I wouldn't even know all the questions! -Ken Staley ('68) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/18/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 1 Bomber funeral notice today: Gloria Adams ('54), Bill Berlin ('56) Paul Webster ('56), Pappy Swan ('59) Missy Keeney ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) Re: Meetings For those who may be interested or know someone who may: NIOSH, the government agency that works to reconstruct the radiation dosage of former Hanford workers who file a claim with the Dept. of Labor, is holding meetings tomorrow, June 18th, from 6:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. at the Red Lion in Richland. The same meeting will be held Tuesday morning from 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The purpose of these meetings is to gather information first hand from workers who worked out there to tell what they feel about the way radiation monitoring was handled during those years plus a variety of other topics along that same vein. They are trying to establish an additional class of Hanford workers to be compensated even though there may not be enough information necessary to reconstruct their dosage. This would also include workers who were involved in an accident or incident involving radiation where no follow up or improper follow up was done after the fact. No individual cases will be discussed at this time. This is strictly to gather information to support the petition they are working on. This could be critical to anyone who may not have worked in the "hot cells" where closer monitoring was done. If a case is approved, the lump sum pay out is $150,000.00 plus payment of all medical expenses related to the cancer. In addition to that, if the affected worker dies as a result of the cancer, the surviving spouse is entitled to an additional $125,000. Please pass this information on the anyone you think may be affected or anyone having information about the monitoring that could shed light that would be helpful to support the petition. You can call me or e-mail me if you want additional information. -Gloria Adams Fulcher ('54) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: The Pribilofs of Alaska Thanks to Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) for her entry about the Pribilof Islands of Western Alaska and it twigged another youthful memory. I had just gotten my multi-engine and instrument rating out at King Salmon, AK and needed to build up hours. We had a weekly "mail run" from King Salmon to the Pribs using a long range, or so we though, Piper Super Navajo and it was a 5 hour one-way trip out there. Our fuel calculations, figuring in potential head wind range, allowed us about a 25% fuel load upon landing but I never did the trip with more than 12-15% given the weird wind patterns out there. Load factor also had something to do with it and you really realize the terror of "the pint of no return" out there. Just water, folks... and a lot of it, some pretty ugly cold stuff. Being a part owner of the airline, I talked my partners into (a) a set of Rohrbach Winglets, those upward protrusions you see on a lot of the newer 737s of Southwest and Alaska or on all 747-400 series aircraft, and (b) a little more fuel tankage, which the plane was designed for but not installed as OEM equipment. Doing both allowed us to land with 30%+ fuel allowance and a lot more comfort for the flight crew. Prior to that installation there were some times we were sitting a lot higher in our seats... if you get my drift. The Pribs are a wondrously beautiful place and the bird and sea life out there are just amazing. People really do fall in love with the place but it is also the kind of place you look forward to going out to and are glad to be leaving. I just loved seeing my hours jumping up week by week going out there, too, given the 10+ hours of flying time round trip. The Pribs are not for everyone but I do have to say that it is one of the most unique communities I have ever been in. Makes for great memories. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA where I got to drive my son-in-law's Cessna Citation X for half an hour going from Santa Barbara to his ranch in northern California. Sure beats those old piston planes but that young guy's SuperCub is still a wonder of an airplane even in today's era of private jets. Sure would like to know what Sally and hubby are doing out there? **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Paul Webster ('56) Re: Sandstorm Entry (In memory of Jim Badger Happy Birthday) Jimmy my boy Happy Birthday (June 27). While in death you have now joined the majority your legacy will be forever safe in the memories of those who knew you. So again this year I celebrate your birthday with a wee dram or two of my best Single Malt Scotch and the reminder that the hinges of friendship never rust. I miss you my friend. Thanks for the memories. -Paul Webster ('56) ~ Tucson, AZ **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) To: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) Re: The Pribilof Islands "from the Pribilofs - where the only sound this morning is of the multitude of seals barking in the fog and thousands of murres, auklets, kittiwakes, and puffins circling the island." Wow Sally, does that ever bring back distant memories. I spent four months working in the Pribilofs as a biological technician for the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in 1970 (My first job out of college.) Most of my time was on Saint Paul with about two weeks on Saint George. My days were mostly spent tagging and counting seals in the seal rookeries. I was much younger then and much more agile, and I could outrun the Fur Seal Bulls. Well, except for once when a young bachelor male got me from behind... in the behind. I still carry the scar... I think. I'm no longer agile enough to see that side of me. But, when visitors came to Saint Paul, it was my job to lead tours so they could view and photograph the seals, sea lions, birds, foxes, and reindeer. It was a tough job... but I just had to do it. You know what I mean! I especially loved the Puffins, "the clowns of the sea," and the Least Auklets or little chattering "Choochkees," as the Aleuts called them, that fluttered about the rocky shorelines in great wavy flocks. I always thought the Fulmars were so regal, the Kittiwakes so sleek, and the Murres so formally attired. During my off time, I could sit on a windy, rocky cliff top, above the sea, for hours and the gulls and fulmars would ride the updrafts, like sail planes, right next to me. And, the Puffins, Murres, and others would flutter right in for a landing next to me. And, the Ruddy Turnstones were so... well all of the birds there were so unique. Did I mention that I loved it there? When I left the Pribilofs, I worked at Cold Bay for two months for the USF&WS, performing a census on the wild goose populations while carefully avoiding Brown Bears. And, I got acquainted with a couple of wolves, but they were sort of "standoffish." A long time removed from Alaska, but definitely not forgotten! Sally, what type of work did your's and your husband's tour of duty, entail? To: Ken Staley ('68) Re: Questions Ken, I know what you mean. Once upon a time, I too, thought that I had all the answers figured out. Then "they" changed all the questions! -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather has been, well just lovely...lately. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Missy Keeney ('59) To: Richard Pierard ('52) and his bride, Char Forgot to wish Burt's bro and his bride many happy returns on their 50th wedding anniversary on June 15th. Sounds as if they had a wonderful time in Florida and had just returned home to their new digs in North/South Carolina (at least one of those states that gets hurricanes)! Plans are to extend sympathy to Char on her years of "suffering!" That woman is a survivor! It was fun to see Doug Stiles ('57) and partner in crime, Sally. Burt shared pictures of himself and Doug as "apprentice" clowns for Tony, the Atomic Clown. 'Member him?? Funny thing... Doug is still crazy after all these years (Isn't that the name of a song?), and doesn't even need his make up and costume to look like a clown? Must be that "inner clown" thing! -Missy Keeney ('59) ~ Richland, WA looking forward to Cool Desert Nights! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notice scanned from the TCHerald by Shirley Collings Haskins ('66) >>Marla Shaffer Eddrief ('79) ~ 6/6/61 - 6/1/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/19/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Dick McCoy ('45), Patti Jones ('60), Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: David Anguiano ('97) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dick McCoy (Tin Can Class of 1945) Re: 1907 I reprint this gem from the pages of the local Stanwood/Camano news: Past history, 1907 There will be mass meeting in Stanwood [WA] to organize a permanent fire dept. We have lots to protect: City hall, schools, five general stores, four restaurants, three hotels a bank, drug store, tailer shop, two barber shops, a photo gallery, two meat markets, harness shop, furniture store, undertaking, jewelry, tack store, blacksmith, bicycle shop, livery, opera house, three halls, two churches, and five saloons. 100 years ago. And you think your town is lively. -Dick McCoy, from the tin can class of 1945 **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) Re: All Bomber Luncheon - Richland My apologies for taking so long to do the entry. First grandchild of my eight to graduate took precedent to getting the entry done. Maren said, "designate". Couldn't get time to call or email anyone. Luncheon Saturday, Sunday off to Tacoma. Alan Stephens ('66) and spouse Nina ('64 graduate of Farrington High School, Honolulu, HI), let me hitch a ride with them on Sunday to Western Washington. What fun yakking all the way about the good old days and now. Alan and Nina drove to Richland on Saturday to come to the luncheon. Alan says he will be back in July. Retirement is allowing him to start a whole new life. Alan and Nina were part of the Fife luncheon which I hosted for about four years was definitely welcomed by me and all the Bombers. It's summer... would sure like to see more of the Fife group attending. Come on Jim, Max, Tom and many others. Maybe you can all get together and car pool. The following is a list of who attended the luncheon by the second group picture. Back Row second group picture - Fred Klute ('58), Dick Evanoff (spouse '59 - Wapato Hi), Sue Garrison Pritchett ('58). Alan Stephens ('66), Barbara Isakson Rau ('58), Terry Ganz ('68WB), visiting from Arizona. Terry says he will soon be moving back to the Richland area, George "Pappy" Swan ('59), Dave Rhodes ('52), Burt Pierard ('59), Glen Rose ('58) and spouse Carol Rose (spouse '62 - Sunnyvale, CA Hi), Judy Rollison Anderson ('58). Front Row - Patti Jones Ahrens ('60), Judy Jo Ehlers Evanoff ('59), Nina Stephens (spouse '64 - Farrington Hi, Honolulu, HI), Derrith Persons Dean ('60), Ronna Jo Lynch ('65), Alice Rhodes (spouse '57 - Colville, WA Hi), Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63), Missy Keeney ('59), Mary Judd Hinz ('60), Jeanne Swan (spouse '58 - Alaska Hi). Jeanne took last month and this month's pictures. She is happy to do them and we are even happier she is. Good pictures, Jeanne. As I had written in the announcement the week of the luncheon Saturday was my 65th birthday. Bombers let me know it. First there was a round of Happy Birthday with everyone singing. Then Hanna (the owner) heard it was my birthday, brought a piece of coconut pie (one of my favorites) with a candle on it. Hanna insisted that everyone sing Happy Birthday again. Then to my surprise Missy Keeney ('59) who we know sings with the "Sweet Adelines" appeared at my side (her group is one of my favorites) and sang Happy Birthday (her version) again. What a hoot!!!!!!! I laughed until I was ready to cry. Bombers do know how to celebrate a birthday. Thank you one and all. I did cry, when I think, it was Dave Rhodes ('52) thanked me for doing the luncheons. In my tears I do know it came from his end of the table. Thank you whoever did say it. I am happy to do it and love every minute of it. Also a big thank you to Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) who is assisting me when needed. She is always there! Watch out at the next All Bomber Luncheon if it is your birthday month. Marie Ruppert Hartman ('63) and I will be cooking up new things each month for Bomber birthdays. Any ideas from any Bombers will be appreciated. Ronna Jo Lynch ('65) moved back to Richland area in March. Ronna called me the morning of the luncheon. I invited her to be there. She was hesitant but with a little twisting of the arm she appeared. I think it was the word commitment that got her. As you can see the by the pictures she's in her smile is tremendous. As she left she said, "I will be back". Hope I haven't missed anything or anyone. If I have please email and I will put a special Sandstorm entry for you. Thanks to pictures I was able to reconstruct things I might have forgotten about this luncheon To: Gus Keeney ('57) Belated Happy Birthday. See you at the next luncheon. Missed you being here this month. Re: Club 40 Lots is happening towards Club 40 in September and the 20th Anniversary. The All Bomber Luncheon will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. second Saturday of the month as usual. Many will be attending reunion get togethers. For those not it is a good place to get together. Room for your own group or sitting together with everyone. Announcement will be the week before and the week of. Reservations will be necessary as we had a large group last year and sure we will be this year. Bombers can start reserving now for the luncheon if you wish. Plenty of room for everyone. Hanna the owner just needs to plan ahead for food, servers so on. -Patti Jones Ahrens ('60) ~ West Richland, WA - So glad to be back here after being in Tacoma where I was cold most of the week. Something nudged me to take a long sweater which I had on most of the time. Wind, rain and cool temperatures was quite a change after the warmth of the desert. Forgot how cold I was in the 20 years I lived there until I visited. No wonder I came back here. Even a friend I was with the first night there, he knows better, forgot to bring a jacket. On came the heater of the car. 92 degrees tomorrow. Good weather for Cool Desert Nights this weekend. Computer says 81 on Friday. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) Re: Fred and Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Hi Folks, I may have missed this mentioned in the Sandstorm, but just in case.......a couple of our family members can use our prayers, and thoughts. Freddie Schafer is in the hospital, and Fred and Ann need our support. Regards, -Jim Heidlebaugh ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/20/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Mary Rose ('60), David Rivers ('65), BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy Keys ('52) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Mary Rose Tansy ('60) Joan Rose Wheadon ('49), sister of Charles Rose ('50), Ginger Rose Reed ('55), Glen Rose ('58), and Mary Rose Tansy ('60), passed away peacefully after a hard battle with cancer. She and her husband, Wally Wheadon ('49) resided in Federal Way, WA. -Mary Rose Tansy ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Just stuff First... I admit it... I FORGOT to leave a message on the Sandstorm before I left for the LA Roadster show to wish Jan Bell ('64) a HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the 16th... I realized after we left that the yellow sticky on my work computer (the one that was fried by some stupid spy ware) said "Jan Bell 16th"... I got up at 4am to go to the show and naturally did not come to work before leaving (on the 15th) so I didn't have the sticky to remind me that one of the cutest Bomber Babes of all time was turning 16... or so... I asked Maren ('63&'64) if she thought I should put them on my head so I'd see them in the mirror... she said since they would be backwards I would only be confused... she's right... the Roadster show was the 50th Anniversary of the LA Roadster car club and their 47th Father's day car show... it is the 75th Anniversary of the '32 Ford and it was very festive... Our booth was under the big awning right in the middle of all the action... Bob McCoy on one side and Tex Smith on the other... it was really fun... Gene Winfield an old custom car builder and a good friend (I use the word old advisedly) turned 80 on Saturday and we really had fun wishing him a HAPPY... he beamed the whole day and was still grinning on Sunday... I got a chance to chat with my hero Billy G. Gibbons and hope that I didn't just trip all over myself and drool on my shoes... Our car was well received and acclaimed by many to be the most perfectly proportioned hot rod they had ever seen... the sculptor (of cars) across the way said he wanted to make a sculpture of it... Herb Martinez (pin striper) said it was a hot rod's hot rod... now if people will just start sending that cash, check or money order... George Barris made a bit of a spectacle of himself riding side saddle on the batmobile... but then George is George... all in all it was just a blast... Got a chance to talk to our boy Freddie Schafer and his Ann ('63/'63) on Monday... he sounded chipper... tried to call Simpson but he was sleeping... his Doctor let him out of the hospital but will not let him travel for our gathering this weekend... I think we need to make a rule against illness effective immediately... all who agree raise your hands... good... it passed... seeing none opposed we'll just move on... Getting antsy to get home for a good time with the gang... hope to see many of you during the weekend... Keep Freddie and Simpson in your prayers... take care all! David Rivers ('65) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/21/07 ~ SUMMER SOLSTICE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 Bombers sent stuff and 3 Bomber funeral notices today: Marlene Thaves ('57) and Carolyn Thaves ('58) Jim Hamilton ('63), David Rivers ('65) Rob Jensen ('78) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Susan Rushworth ('62) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Rob Hills ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Bill Hames ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marlene Thaves ('57) and Carolyn Thaves ('58) Re: Whereabouts of either Dr. C. Lucky of Richland, WA or the medical records of our dad. We are trying to locate the medical records of our father, Clarence Thaves. He was one of Dr. Lucky's outpatients in 1986, in Richland. We'd very much appreciate any help in this matter. Thanks in advance for your effort. -Marlene Thaves Knaplund ('57) ~ Clinton, WA [phone # removed] -Carolyn Thaves Morris ('58) ~ Bothell, WA [phone # removed] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jim Hamilton ('63) Theres no way I'm going to get sucked into wishing Rob Hills ('63) a Happy 62nd Birthday this year. Not after all the times he's forgotten mine. Ain't even gonna worry about it, cause I know my heart is pure. I gave him a Carol Doda post card when he turned 60, figuring he would reciprocate. Not even! So don't anyone else remember his birthday either. jimbeaux -Jim Hamilton ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: '65ers OK... here's the skinny... Burt's ('59) Thursday nite at 9... Friday just kinda hang till 7:30 PM... dinner for 100 at 3 Margaritas... Simpson ('65) can't make it but has made the reservations... Saturday car show... impromptu cruise at noon... meet at Anthony's parking lot... lunch at Zip's... Saturday nite we can have a party at Beav's ('65) but no food or drinks provided so it will be BYOB and BYOF... we may all want to eat first and then just take drinks over... Beav and Beavette have to go to some grown up thing on Monday so can't do it up like normal... besides... The Beav is saving his pennies to buy a 23 T from me and needs to save save save... After a bit of a SNAFU Tony ('65) will drive down with Davis ('65)... so most of the gang will be in town... but the Big Fat Liar ('65) can't be there... Sunday morning Brian ('65) has agreed to serve breakfast at his house so we don't have to watch Lyman ('65) cry as he parts with his money at the DI buffet... I think that's pretty much how this will play out... Don't forget those prayers and well wishes for Freddie ('63) and Simpson! David Rivers ('65) PS: Don't forget... that cute lil Kathie Roe Truax ('64) and her John (somehow that sounds wrong) will be serving breakfast at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast at the Uptown gazebo on Saturday morning... Be there... I will! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** From the new ALL Bomber Alumni GuestBook. >>From: Rob Jensen ('78) Wednesday 06/20/2007 10:19:54am COMMENTS: What a great site! Living in Kirkland, WA and would enjoy hearing from Bomber alumni. -Rob Jensen ('78) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Joan Rose Wheadon ('49) ~ 11/28/31 - 6/17/07 >>Matt Sherrard ('69) ~ 1/16/51 - 5/14/07 >>Joe Stankiewicz ('66) ~ August, 1948 - 3/7/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/22/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: John Campbell ('63), David Rivers ('65), Greg Alley ('73) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Stu Osborn ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Campbell ('63) Re: Cool Desert Nights Well, we're coming down to Cool Desert Nights this weekend with the Brackenbushs ('63) in their blue '69 blue Firebird convertible and some of their rowdies Firebird club. The '57 is waiting for brakes, so will drive the red mustang. Hope to see some of the old gang 'round town. Looking forward to dropping by the Spudnut shop and Zip's. -John Campbell ('63) ~ in sunny Seattle **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Early birthday wish for the 25th Since this Bomber Babe celebrates for a whole month with her lil buddy, I am sure she won't mind if I send my wish a few days early... if any portion of Northern California has managed to remain standing since these two started their birthday bash it will be a first... but I'm not gonna miss this one because I'm traveling the way I did Jan Bell ('64)... so I fooled myself and wrote her name backwards on a sticky and have it plastered on my forehead... so I read it in the mirror this morning when I woke up... not a lot I can add about this girl that I haven't said before... she is a total babe (as is her birthday pal)... hasn't changed enough since high school so's you'd notice at all except maybe become more alluring and beautiful and sexy and hot and and and... ok... I'm fine... not to worry... I'm under control... honest... I'm thinking of cold showers... I know... the Columbia... thinking of jumping in the river... much better... now where was I... oh yes... I'm so glad to have had this girl as a friend for all these years... but there ain't no sunshine when she's gone... booo hooo... I can't stand the empty feeling... (Columbia... Columbia... Columbia... much better)... I better quit while I'm ahaid... so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Diane Murphy ('65) on the 25th and... again to her good buddy Cathy Mouton (15th)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Party on Dudettes... be excellent to one another!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I stayed in San Dimus during the Roadster Show and that town always makes me think of those words for some reason...)......... -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Greg Alley ('73) Re: Bomber baseball An interesting note from the USA Today newspaper. They have their top 25 teams in the nation in high school sports all the time. The final baseball top 25 was in today's paper. The Bombers did not make it but they also have a top ten in each region. Richland was number 10 in the west region. Not a bad deal. Re: Cool Desert Nights Should be lots of entertainment for the weekend all around town. Music tonight in John Dam Plaza and Flat Top Park in West Richland. More music and cars and such all around town. Looks as if David Rivers ('65) and others are telling me where the parties are at. I could do some crashing. I'll be around town and its always good to get a face with a name from the Sandstorm fraternity. -Greg Alley ('73) ~ Its hot and windy and looking like the weekend could be a little more comfy than the usual 90 to 100 degree hot box. ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/23/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Bonnie Beardsley ('56), Pete Overdahl ('60) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Peg Sheeran ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Diane Murphy ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bonnie Beardsley Sandahl ('56) This was sent to the email address in the 6/21 Sandstorm and returned to me as spam: To: Marlene Thaves Knaplund ('57) and Carolyn Thaves Morris ('58) Hi, my name is Bonnie Sandahl and I'm a Bomber. Your message says that you are looking for Dr. C. Lucky. Through the Washington State Department of Health you can find credential licensing. I've looked up the Lucke's (it was Lucke, not Lucky as I recall). Here they are. The only one still active is Wayne C. Lucke. Your Search Found 3 Results: Credential # Credential Type Last, First MI Status Birth Year MD00004353 Physician & Surgeon LUCKE, LAUREN H Expired 1926 MD00002124 Physician & Surgeon LUCKE, RICHARD O Expired N/A MD00018493 Physician & Surgeon LUCKE, WAYNE C Active 1949 -Bonnie Beardsley Sandahl ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) Re: Gus Keeney ('57) Well Gus, I joined your select group - "TGKNHG" (The Gus Keeney New Hip Gang!) Mine was 10 days ago and it was my right hip. Wow, was I ever ready! I paid for it by waiting too long. Dr. Art Thiel did it at KGH on the 12th and is a super doctor. He has put my elbow and wrist back together at different times too. My wife Maggie is my nurse. I'm doing better each day and so many have offered to help us. But some former neighbors are right there when we need an extra hand. The staples come out the 22nd. I'm missing out on Cool Desert Nights. I go every year and hate to miss it. I don't have a street rod but I do have a '69 Chevy El Camino that I have had for 35 years and it has 250,000 miles on it. I am glad David Rivers ('65) came up from Las Vegas. He has some great cars none of which I have seen in the flesh. Next year! Roger DeWitt ('60) has a bunch of beauties. Club 40 is starting to heat up. My brother Jim's ('57-RIP) class will be celebrating their 50th this year. I can't wait to visit with some of them. That class sure produced some fine athletes. And drove some real classics. And some great "he and she" combos came out of that class. Best close for now. It is summer here in Bomberville - come home for a visit. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/24/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2 Bombers sent stuff: Bill Berlin ('56), Dena Evans Harr ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Bill Berlin ('56) Re: The TGKNHG [See 6/23 entry from Pete Overdahl('60)] Sounds like Gus Keeney ('57) and Pete Overdahl ('60) are getting a fairly complete overhaul with new hip replacements, etc. I gimped around on a broken right foot with a bad ulcer on the bottom, not a good deal for a Diabetes II guy, for over a year so my mobility was limited for a number of months during recovery. Gus and Pete probably know this, but if they don't, it can be a big help. My doctor gave me a prescription for a Temporary (Red) Handicapped Parking Permit and after renewing it for a second time, they are good for six months, the State of Washington issued me a Blue or permanent sticker. I was settled on the red sticker because it really helped cut down on my walking in grocery store parking lots, malls, etc. but I took the blue one so I don't have to mess around with the paperwork every six months. I have used it in WA, TX, CA, OR and in Canada and it looks to me to be universal. My deal is, however, that I only use it if (a) it is a long walk from conventional parking to wherever I am going or (b) parking is very tight and there are several unused handicapped spots available. If there is just one or maybe two, I leave them for someone who needs it more than I do but it has really helped me. Just a thought guys. -Bill Berlin ('56) ~ in Anacortes, WA awaiting the annual July and August rush of relatives, friends, kids and grandkids. Pretty full house at the Casa de Berlin, or as we used to say in the travel business, and Jimbeaux Hamilton ('63) still does, the "High Season" is upon us. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dena Evans Harr ('64) Re: Hanford I was sitting in my doctor's office, where I have been spending most of my time and just happened to grab a Portland Monthly magazine, February, 2007 issue. After I perused the section containing the "Best Bars" in the area, there was an article that blew me away. It was called "Gone Fission", and it was about Hanford. The first line is,"The Hanford nuclear reactor that ushered in the atomic age sits at the heart of the largest radioactive dump in the Western Hemisphere, Could this be our next national park?" This is so scary... The article addressed Plutonium-239, B Reactor, Fat Man and several other "words" that we grew up with. It is written by David Wolman, and the photographs were courtesy of the US Department of Energy, Archival Photographs. Mr. Wolman interviewed Hank Kosmata, a former engineer at Hanford, and now president of the B Reactor Museum Association. There is a park in Germany, Kernwasser Wunderland ("Nuclear Water Wonderland") that was built around 1995. This park contains restaurants, hotels, and various rides, plus a sports facility and gardens. It was the nuclear power plant Schneller Bruter Kallkar before being Kernwasser. It is not a place that I would want to take my family, for any reason. My brother, sister and I still feel that my Mother would be alive today if she hadn't worked all those years in Hanford. She died of ovarian cancer at the ripe old age of 39. I am truly computer illeterate, but I did try going onto, but they have no issues left of the February 2007. It is a great article and is very informative, so if you can just get the article somehow, it is worth reading. -Dena Evans Harr ('64) ~ Portland, OR where the weather is giving us a break from the heat and the rain. Great gardening weather! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/25/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3 Bombers sent stuff: Wally Erickson ('53), Sally Sheeran ('58) Robert Avant ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Phil Belcher ('51) BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Harold Gibson & Baret Ann McIntyre ('53) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Coeur D'Alene's "Triathlon Ironman" An incredible feat of the human body!! This has been going on for the last 5 years every forth Sunday of June. CD'A just signed a contract for extended five years. To give you an idea of what they do, (1st) 2.4 miles of swimming in Lake CD'A, (2nd) 112 miles of biking, and (3rd) 26.2 miles (marathon) of running. The winner did all this in 8 hours 33 minutes 32 seconds. It's unbelievable that anyone could do all three in that short of time!!!!! I guess the word is "amazing"! There were 2,200 men and women from all over the world. The weather here was perfect, it was in the low 70s. Thursday at the Spokane Airport I met a young man who had entered the Ironman, we had small conversation (he was from western Washington). Re: Bike Ride ~ July 22 - 27 Bye the way, if anyone out there would like to join David Mansfield ('59), his wife Nonie, Bonnie Allen ('59) and I on a bike ride on the Coeur D'Alene bike trail, let me or Mike know. [Who is Mike? I think Wally means David. -Maren] We'd love to have more involved. We'll be doing the bike ride in 3 days, so you'll need to make some overnight arrangements. It's a beautiful bike trail (paved) that follows the Coeur D'Alene River from Mullan to Lake CD'A and on to Plummer, ID. It's about 74 miles long, but very easy!! The date is July 22nd - 27th. The extra day will be to ride the Hiawatha trail in the mountains... it's 15 miles in beautiful country with several tunnels. David Mansfield email: {deleted for David's privacy... Email Wally if you want David's email address. -Maren] -Wally Erickson ('53) ~ Where the weather has been close to perfect in and around Coeur D'Alene. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) To: Peg Sheeran Finch ('63) Happy Birthday, Peggy [on 6/23]! Hope the band in Albuquerque embarrassed you royally with a toast. Wish we could have been with you! Love from big sister, Sal. -Sally Sheeran Heath ('58) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Robert Avant ('69) Re: Matt Sherrard ('69-RIP) Matt was one of the most enjoyable guys I spent time with at Col-Hi prior to graduating. He was smart and just a lot of fun too! Sitting here today after almost 40 years away and knowing that after he moved and I moved and never stayed in touch at all reading the notice of his death in May causes me to only see Matt as I remember him that night we graduated. I see no signs of aging in my memory and remember no other milestones in his life, other than the completion of it now recorded. I only regret having lost even occasional communication with someone you call friend during those years. It makes me think that Sam was singing about so many more things in "Casablanca" when the words "The fundamental things apply as time goes by." So long Matt, I do remember you vividly. -Robert Avant ('69) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/26/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff: Dave Rhodes ('52wb), Wally Erickson ('53), Burt Pierard ('59) David Mansfield ('59), Helen Cross ('62), David Rivers ('65) Betti Avant ('69), Brad Upton ('74) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Betty Hiser ('49) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Cyndy Brooks ('68) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Roxanne Southard ('71) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Rhodes ('52wb) Re: Rodeo Career I had lunch with Pappy Swan ('59) and others a couple of weeks ago and he asked me to tell more about my career riding bucking horses and bulls,so here goes. My father was a cowboy and he also broke and trained horses and at the age of 10 I started riding half broke colts to help my dad out. I started riding horses before I could walk. My dad would hold me on the saddle in front of him and I just went on from there. I started riding saddle broncs and bareback bucking horses at the age of 14. They did not have high school rodeos out here at that time, so I went to the fairs and other places and paid my money and took my chances. Dad was always there to help me and I loved it right from the start. They didn't have bull riding at many of the fairs, but they did have steer riding and that's how I got interested in the bulls. When I turned 16 I entered a rodeo in Washougal, WA and that was my first time on a real live bull with big horns. I would like to tell you that I rode that bull, but it didn't happen that way. I did learn how to run really fast though. Every cowboy in any event knows that he lays his life on the line every time he competes. You are competing against each other and against the animals and trying to overcome your own fear every time out. Cowboys are great people and even though they are competing against each other they go out of their way to help each other. When I was stationed in Texas I turned professional, because in Texas they have Pro-Rodeos all over every weekend. It was fairly short travel time to many of them and it paid better than the USAF. When I returned home they had not started the PRCA Columbia River circuit yet, so I joined a large amateur association called the Northwest Rodeo Association, it is now a professional association. There were very few pro rodeos up here at that time, but many large amateur rodeos and that is why I went that way. There are humorous things that happen too. I will relate some that happened to me. In San Antonio, TX I rode a saddle bronc and right after the whistle he hit the fence head on and launched me into the box seats. I landed in the lap of a pretty blonde lady, She said "Do you have a ticket, cowboy" and I replied "No, ma'am, but if you go with it I will go buy one". She took it the right way and we all had a good laugh and I autographed her program as she requested. In Heppner, OR they had seats right behind the bucking chutes with about a 4 foot walkway between the fans and the cowboys. My brother was helping me get aboard a bareback horse and the horse reared over backwards and ripped the whole back out of my brand new shirt. A lady sitting there Said "It must take a lot of guts to get on one of those things" and my younger brother said "No lady what it takes is no brains, what takes guts is to tell them to open the gate and let him have you". I started to laugh and became perfectly calm and went out there and won the bareback riding. There are many more things that I could relate, but this has become pretty lengthy and all but Pappy are probably bored by now. I would not trade those years for anything else that I have ever done. -Dave Rhodes ('52wb) ~ in breezy Kennewick **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Wally Erickson ('53) Re: Yesterday's entry I GOOFED!! Of course I meant David Mansfield ('59), not "Mike" (must be one of my brain moments)!! There is a Mike Mansfield out there somewhere. I will be leaving for Seattle and the Washington coast Tuesday; won't be back until July 7th. I will be taking one of my grandsons camping in the Olympic Peninsula for 3 days. I'll ask David to send in his email, in case any of you are interested in the bike ride in northern Idaho. Or, you can send in your email address and we'll get back to you. -Wally Erickson ('53) P.S. I'll stop to see my Sister, Sue ('59) on the way back home. I forgot to mention the other reason for my going to Wenatchee to see Sue. Remember the "Rainier cherries"??? They're out now, I can hardly wait!!! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Burt Pierard ('59) To: Dena Evans Harr ('64) Re: Your 6/24 post concerning the Portland Monthly article about Hanford The article you referred to can be viewed at the author's Website, - click on "Articles" and then on "Gone Fission" to find the article. B Reactor Museum Assn. (BRMA) is also working to post the article on their Website but it is not up yet. It is unfortunate that you zeroed in on the article's sub-headline (along with your "scary" comment) since it contains several misleading statements. B Reactor does NOT "... sit at the heart of the largest radioactive dump in the Western Hemisphere." In actuality, it resides in the far, northwest corner of the Reservation (near Vernita), at least 10 miles away from the nearest temp storage areas. Also, it will NOT "... be our next national park." In actuality, the National Park Service is studying the acquisition & administration of the site (along with other sites at Oak Ridge & Los Alamos). These sites would be locally managed (the Hanford Reach Board has volunteered, in our case) in a similar manner to the various sites maintained by the NPS on the "Underground Railroad." As a further indication of separating B Reactor from the rest of the reservation, BRMA is pushing for the refurbishing of the old Highway 6 as a public access (i.e., no "Security" badge requirement). This would run east from near the Vernita Weigh Station to the Reactor site, via the old Bruggerman Warehouse (about 1/2 way) which could be remodeled as an Interpretive center. The rest of the article is excellent, both concerning B Reactor and the DOE Cleanup plan, but they really are unrelated issues. Bomber Cheers, -Burt Pierard ('59) ~ Richland BRMA B Reactor Tour Guide **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Mansfield ('59) Re: Bicycling The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Let me echo Wally Erickson's ('53) invitation to join us on a bicycle ride over The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. We will be arriving Kellogg, ID on Sunday afternoon, July 22. The plan is to ride the trail in three segments Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Thursday we will do the Hiawatha Trail. Friday morning we will pack up and head home or perhaps ... on to other adventures. This should be a spectacular ride. The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is a 73 mile paved "rails to trails" path. The scenery is awesome and I know Wally will make sure the weather is perfect for the ride. If you're interested, let me know via e mail and I will send you our proposed itinerary. Not to worry about calling me Mike. [See entry from Wally in yesterday's Sandstorm. -Maren] I was called Mike a lot at Wazzu. I think this was due to Senator Mike Mansfield from Montana and his notoriety in the fifties and sixties. -David Mansfield ('59) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Helen Cross Kirk ('62) Reading of the outstanding marathon job performed I want to modestly report my athletic feat: Saturday night I stayed all night at the track (we use a local high school track for the event) where we were manning the track for 24 hours. There were 36 teams and we were supported by all ages and aspects of the local and surrounding community in our annual Relay for Life where all monies raised will go for cancer research. I walked almost 11 miles around the track in 44 laps in just over 10 hours, and I count my blessings that I recovered from breast cancer in 2004 so I was able to participate in this event. As I know and we all know others who have not recovered from their bouts with cancer and other life threatening diseases, I am happy to do my part to make this fund raiser a success. We hope to raise almost $200,000 in this 24 hour happening. (Miss Brown, my English teacher taught me to not always use the same word, so I can't use the word, event again.) I then went to church where I counted another blessing that we live in this free country where we are free to worship as we please. Later when I went to sleep (for 14 hours) I counted another blessing that we live in a country where we are safe, and that we have enough food and shelter for our needs. Yes, we do need to count the many blessings that we enjoy in this the good ole US of A. -Helen Cross Kirk ('62) ~ where we are packing up our too many possessions for the move to the parsonage in Grandview, IN as my husband will officially start his preaching career on July l, so we won't be spending all our days here at the house by the little lake in West Harrison, IN... just some of them, his days off... we've finally had a wonderful week of rain, which we so appreciate and I just heard thunder in the distance so I'm hoping we get some more... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Neatness counts So I was running the morning or the 21st... all excited to get to Richland and run with the Boyz... As I left work the day before I glanced at my yellow sticky to make sure I had the Divine Ms. Murphy's b-date correct... if you write as I do your messages are only as good as what you remember is written on them... I saw "Diane 25th" Actually I saw "Murphy 25"... so in my haste I used the date June 25th... When I got to Richland, Brian Johnson ('65) was nice enough to correct me... too late but no harm done since Murphy and Mouton ('65/'65) celebrate for the entire month of June... so now it is fixed and you all know I'm a big fat liar about putting the yellow sticky on my forehead... I admit it... I told a big fat lie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The get together was wonderful... how could it be otherwise... All the usual suspects (all the Sorry Seven less Simpson and Heidlebaugh ('65/'65) were there... Warford, Davis, Keeney, Harrah, Lyman, Cecilia Bennett, Gross, Beej, Danny Collins , LeRoy Jackson, John Foster, Ronna Jo Lynch, Connie Dame, Pete Carroll, Carl Beyer, Freddie George, and Rivers (all '65... and many more I'm somehow not able to recall at the moment!!!!) Plus Mills (Jo Miles ('64)... Adair ('65-'67) had to work the whole weekend so we only saw him now and then... Pizza at Burt's ('59) was great as usual with Missy Keeney ('59) baking pizza and Burt mixing little drinks with umbrellas... Maren ('63 & '64) called to wish us a happy... The Reach trip was a huge hit and only two of the boyz (Warford and Hanson) returned looking a bit red and swollen on one side of the face but otherwise just fine... Denny Nalder ('65 Hon.) was on hand and it was just like Jr high having him with us ... dinner at 3 Margaritas was a huge hit and Steve Haggard, DJ Jeff Michael and Cliff Nelson (all '65) were some of the new faces to make it to the dinner... The illusive Mr. Webb ('64) (yes I know... not a '65er... Ha! shows what you know... if ya don't understand don't worry... It's a Bomber thing) showed up and we all waited for Mr. Keeney ('65) to pull in from Rainier... Jack made it about 10:30 or a little after in his letterman's jacket and we knew all was well... Car show was great especially catching up with Kathie Roe ('64) and John Truax... Later, we (Freddie George ('65), Keeney, Kenny Dame ('68), Cecilia Bennett and yours truly) headed for Zip's where we were joined by all those who thought the cruise was 12:30 and had fries and tarter... (along with burgers, etc.)... The party at Carl's was great as always... Keith Peterson ('65), Katie Sheeran ('61) and Evon Bailey ('65) joined the rest of us; breakfast on Sunday was just the best... Brian, Warford ('65) and Cindy BJ's wife cooked up a storm and we ate up a storm... Davis brought along a couple of movie posters from one he made last year and one he finished earlier this year... Parker ('65) called and it was just great hearing from her... We called Simpson during every activity... not sure what it did for his recovery but his spirits sure were high... It was just grand... I mean it... can't wait till next time... oh before I forget... Only saw Roy Ballard ('63) on Thursday but your CD is under the seat of the '36 3-window I have over at Adairs... (BJ please apologize to your neighbors but I hadda see what that big block would do from standing still... I assume the tire smoke has cleared by now... Gus Keeney ('57) and Pete Overdahl ('60) hope you are both healing well... Congrats Pete on the 50 yard sprint to the end of your street... Gus for some reason I thunk you wuz in Yuma till your little bro said he was going over to visit you... I know... kids... we just don't pay attention... More later, -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Betti Avant ('69) Re: Matt Sherrard ('69-RIP) Wasn't it Matt Sherrard who replaced his tassel on his mortar board with a flower? A member of the faculty stopped him from going inside unless he removed it which he chose not to do. Someone else said they thought he was stopped because he wore sandals on his feet. There was a student at one of the local high school graduations last week that went one step further. After he got his diploma as he was leaving the stage he took his robe off and was wearing only a "jock strap" underneath. The police caught up with him and now he gets to serve some community service time this summer. Rest in peace, Matt. -Betti Avant ('69) ~ Lacey, WA **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Upton ('74) Re: Coeur D'Alene Triathlon Trivia At the age of 51, Mike Davis ('74) is the 5-time reigning champion of the Triathlon. To see him exit the lake, shed his Speedo and jump on a bike... well, it'll bring a tear to you eye. -Brad Upton ('74) ~ Livorno, Italy ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/27/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8 Bombers sent stuff and 2 Bomber funeral notices today: Shirley Rae Drury ('51), Pappy Swan ('59) Sandy Carpenter ('61), Roy Ballard ('63) Kathy Coppinger ('64), David Rivers ('65) Linda McKnight ('65), Anna Durbin ('69) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ruthann Hutchins ('58) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Brain Thompson ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) Is anyone able to contact Jim Jensen ('50) other than Email? Last I heard from him he was having computer problems, receiving, but not able to send. We were exchanging Emails, and I'm worried about him. 'cheers, -Shirley Rae Drury Crume ('51) ~ from the lovely weather in the Tri-Cities, perfect for working on the too-many rose bushes my Jim (NAB) enthusiastically planted at his retirement. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George "Pappy" Swan ('59) Re: Cowboy Ways, A Proposal, And A Tribute To A One Of A Kind To: Dave Rhodes ('52) Re: Rodeo Career "Howdy Podner." Thank you very much for recording, for all Bombers, some of your "Cowboy Ways." By doing so, you have not only provided some good and interesting reading, but you have indeed cleared up a mystery for me and provided the opening to propose a new Bomber Alumni Project. I now know who "OldSage9" is and I'm happy to make your "re- acquaintance" via the miracles of modern communication. It sure beats the pony express. As for the proposal, I'll get to that later. But first, let me say that I was just as genuine, as a new pair of Levis and a ten gallon Stetson, in my request that you tell us more of your "Yeehaw!" days. Your experiences hit home for me, in a big way. You know, "I coulda been a cowboy ... if I just woulda..." I was born into a Kansas farm family that always had horses around and rode them ... a lot! There are some pictures around somewhere of me, as a toddler, mounted up and ready to ride. Unfortunately, or fortunately, all depending on how you look at it, my immediate family, including my much younger sister Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63), left Kansas in about 1946 (when I was just a little buckaroo) and ended up in Sunnyside, WA, so the horses were sold and I was without a mount for a few years. After moving to Richland, some friends, the Minnears, lived just west of me on Symons Street. They had horses. Bob, the older brother, and I put a lot of time in the saddle, back in the days when one could ride from the Richland Stables "clear round" to Benton City. And, they had a cabin at the forks of the Bumping and American Rivers (west of Naches off of the Chinook Pass Highway), so we also did a lot of mountain riding. Well, they eventually moved to Pasco, and before long, I left for the Marines where the Camp Pendleton Rodeo really caught my attention. However, I never seemed to stay in one place very long. But, my last duty assignment landed me at Pickle Meadows as an instructor at the Marines' mountain training base, just inside of California from Carson City, NV. I bunked in the same Quonset Hut as Sgt. Rishard, an old Cajun Cowboy, who ran the stables. They say, "Never volunteer for anything!" But, I was front and center, every time the ol' Cajun called for help to run the pack string out through the mountains and pick up all of the rope gear after tactical warfare problems and training classes were completed. Over the years, I had horses off and on, mostly for mountain packing and hunting, and I did a lot of riding through the sage and hills. I can say that I was a horseman, but I cannot lay claim to the title of "cowboy." That's a title earned only by those who really rode the range, pushed critters and nags, or came outta the chute on the back of a critter. In some ways, I always wished that, in my younger years, I had stayed single longer and given rodeo ridin' a try. But, life is full of what ifs. So, Dave, I tip my hat to you. And, with an envious nod, today I say, "We may not mount up anymore, but in our memories, we can still, Let 'er buck podner, yahoo!" Re: Bomber Proposal Idea And, that leads me into revealing an idea that has been riding roughshod through my mind for some time. I would like to propose the assembling of a "Book of Bomber Tales." I have been reading the Alumni Sandstorm Stories of Bombers growing up in Richland and their exploits afterwards, even up to the present. It is readily apparent that everyone seems to have at least one good story (or more) to tell. This book would be an assemblage of Bomber's stories. Bombers and friends and relatives of Bombers could submit the stories about Bombers, for compilation of the book. And, if permissible and agreeable with the editors of Alumni Sandstorm, their archives could also be researched for additional stories. The completed book could be offered up for sale to all of "Bomberdom" and once the costs of publishing it were recovered, any and all profit from the effort could go toward the Club 40 scholarship coffers or some nonprofit Bomber Alumni endeavor. With some help from Bomber volunteers, I would be willing to work on it, "non gratis," although for me, it could not be an overnight project with all of the other tasks that I seem to have gotten myself into. You would think that an old retired guy would, by now, have just learned to say, "No!" But, those are other stories. The stories for the book would not have to be totally accurate ... just good Bomber stories. Any thoughts from my fellow Bombers on this idea? Re: A Tribute To A One Of A Kind Bomber And last but certainly not in the least, with sadness, I received notice that a greatly loved member of the Bomber Family has left us. Many Bombers have been watching and praying for an improvement, but sadly, we learned that Freddie Schafer ('63) passed away this morning [6/26]. He had been in the hospital for several weeks. Freddie was indeed one of a kind. I knew him since we were kids, as he and my sister, Marilyn, were in the class of '63 and he lived nearby. I, being four years older, was not close to Freddie in those younger years. But, in recent years, we had quite pleasantly reunited with Freddie and Ann. Freddie was a fun-lover with a gigantic sense of humor and an upbeat positive personality. There must be a million "Freddie Stories" out there. Last year, at a small gathering of Bombers in Gearhart, OR (near Seaside), he was ... Freddie! One afternoon, in the big lodge that we had rented, Freddie came waltzing out of the shower in his birthday suit, cleverly, but strategically, cloaked in a large bath towel. Spying me trying to figure out my new digital camera, Freddie struck a memorable pose in a manner resembling an aging Greek Godlike member of the Bomber Clan. Like a one of the paparazzi, I sprang into action in an effort to record the historic moment, with a camera containing ... dead batteries. As I fumbled with changing batteries, Freddie said in a most Freddie-like way, "Too late, I'm freezing my _ _ _!" and disappeared. So, the recorded moment was not to be, but in my mind's somewhat digital memory, I will remember Freddie's grinning mischievous face, for the rest of my days. -George "Pappy" Swan ('59) ~ Burbank, WA where the weather is pleasant and the yard work never ends. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) Re: Hip Replacements, aches & pains, etc. etc. All these stories of hip replacements, aches & pains, etc. have left me feeling pretty lucky this evening as I catch up on all the entries I've missed. My Mom also had a hip replacement last year, but at the age of 89; she's doing pretty well, but thinks the other hip might be giving out on her, too. Well, after what happened on Thursday, Summer Solstice, I feel real lucky not to have needed a HEAD replacement. Most of you already know that I've been over in Plummer, ID getting our 2 new paso fino mares trained for the past two months. They finally went home with us a couple weeks ago, and we've been getting them adjusted, and just working them a bit in the round pen, getting them used to the place. Well, Thursday morning, a neighbor and myself were getting my mare, Tessa, fitted with her new head stall gear; all was going well as I longed her in the ring for 15 or 20 minutes. She was real relaxed, so I decided to get on her and try it out. She went to the left really well, several times around the pen; then I tried to turn her to the right, so she'd go in the other direction for awhile (you never want to get them used to just going in one direction) and instead of just turning to the right, she did a spin on a dime thing, and the last thing I remember was thinking, "Oh_____, I'm going down." Well, they tell me I took a direct hit and lit on my head; then bounced on my buttocks. Needless to say, I've been sore all week. Guess I walked around the pen mumbling something like, "Well, I was riding her, wasn't I?" duh...... then the neighbor gal and her daughter went running for my husband and told him to get me to the ER, that I wasn't acting right. We went, and sure 'nuff, I had a concussion, and I still can't remember what happened for 1/2 hour after I bit the dust. I will say this, though, Troxel helmets are darned good helmets...wasn't a ding in it, but my head's sure sore. Well, after doing a lot of soul searching this week, my hubby and I have pretty much decided we're too darned old to be doing this sort of thing, and we don't want to make veggies of ourselves either. So, we're going to bag the horsey thing; his mare will go to some nice people just down the road and I will be able to ride her if I want...she's pretty laid back. But for the most part, we're going to replace them with ATVs that only need to be fed when you want to use them. I just praise God that I didn't end up like Christopher Reeves, or get my neck broke....I was lucky this time. -Sandy Carpenter Lee ('61) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Roy Ballard ('63) Maren, here is a photo of a small get together at the Hanford House on Saturday nite [taken by John Campbell ('63)]. -Roy Ballard ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathy Coppinger ('64) Re: Dave Rhodes ('52wb) - Rodeo Career No, Dave, your entry was anything but boring! It was very entertaining and funny! Please send more stories, I enjoyed reading about your career. -Kathy Coppinger ('64) ~ Kennewick, WA (where it is 79) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Farewell, Dear Friend So much to say and so many others who could say it better. But I would like to take the chance to say "take care" to a guy I counted as a friend. I remember him so well from school. He was o ne of those guys like Skip Nussbaum ('65) from my class that I emulated... clean cut and cool all at the same time... try as I might I could never get that combo together but Freddie Schafer ('63) had it all. Not only that but he had Ann Engel ('63) on his arm. Dang... it just doesn't get any better than that. Freddie and Ann were supposed to be in Vegas tomorrow night. When he was first diagnosed he let me know but Ann was still positive they would make the trip... As she put it "we deserve it"... I had hoped to do the Chauffeur bit I've done for Jimbeaux and Miss Nancy ('63/'65), Ms Murphy ('65), Simpson ('65) and Ruth and others... the strip in a custom car (none of the hot rods have back seats)... just makes the whole trip worth while... I had no clue how I was going to arrange the 80 weather Fred had ordered tho... I only got one phone call in while he was in the hospital... I am so grateful for our Bomber network... we all kept each other in the loop and Ann was wonderful enough to keep us all informed... I will always see Freddie in that green t-shirt with the "63" on it the way it was on the handball court during the year '63... I loved that t-shirt... Freddie was going to loan it to me one year... As I recall it was a shirt that was made for one of the class reunions for the Gold Medal Class of '63... I used to know which reunion because I thought we should do it too. Actually I have always looked on the class of '63 as the closest in unity to the '65ers. We started meeting EVERY year 12 years ago and the class of '63 seems to do a number of things as a group... like Bomber Baywatch... etc... I remember Freddie and me setting up the tables in the community center for the Last Chance Hi-Spot [9/15/01]... I remember Pook ('63-RIP) showing up and never really coming in but hanging outside. [Find the picture of Pook outside the Rec Center that night...] Now I can see Pook and Freddie catching up on old times and creating new memories... I'm glad that Fred is pain free... I will be here for Ann if she needs anything at all... just as I know the others will be there for her. I look forward to the get together in the park... listening to '60's music, sipping wine (non-alcoholic for some of us... Ann says it's good) and swapping lies........ Take care, Fred. -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) Our blonde ray of sunshine has left Bomberland and the Portland/Vancouver area. Our hearts are with you, Ann. I wish I could give you a big hug right now. I am speechless with grief. Rest in peace, Freddie. -Linda McKnight Hoban ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Anna Durbin ('69) Re: Rainier Cherries Someone mentioned Rainier Cherries. Ah, memories of things past. I live far away in Pennsylvania and we only get them for a brief time here. I grabbed a small bag of them in the grocery store two days ago ($6.99 a pound). They were from Selah, Washington. I shared them with my daughters and friends. I told them they were from God's Country. One asked, "Isn't everywhere God's Country?" I said, "Well, She likes some places better than others." Aren't little whippersnappers great? They give you such openings for good lines. And, of course, they ate the whole bag. Enjoy the ones fresh from the orchard, you people who are fortunate enough to live there. Love, Anna '69 -Anna Durbin ('69) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** **************************************************************** Funeral Notices >>Freddie Schafer ('63) ~ 2/12/45 - 6/26/07 >>Virginia Hammons Shadduck ('54) ~ 12/31/37 - 6/18/07 ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/28/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 Bombers sent stuff: Marilyn De Vine ('52), Pete Overdahl ('60) John Adkins ('62), Dave Hanthorn ('63) Donna Bowers ('63), George Barnett ('63) Perry Moore ('63), Jamie Worley ('64) Kathie Roe ('64), Jeff Michael ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Vickie Bigelow ('76) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Ralph Myrick ('51) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn De Vine ('52) The Mom I've been helping with triplets hasn't called with today's schedule so I'll use this time to get some long over-due notes written. To: Al Coffman ('62) Thank you for clarifying for me why that little short street off Harris is named Ferry Road. I used to take my dogs there for their daily run and I had wondered about it. Now we go to Snyder and walk down river because there is grass. There are also what looks like remains of some kind of ferry landing a little down-river from there. I don't remember there being two, but maybe one was moved to the other location for some reason. To: John Browne ('61) I laughed 'til I had tears running down my face, reading your tale of going down the Flume across the River. Doug Stiles '57 also has some great stories of the same great fun! (As I'm sure MANY of you guys have!) A few days ago, when I was driving down Harris for an evening out, (Lucky runs, I walk) 3 small skunks scurried across the street in front of us... TOWARD the houses! I was tempted to stop and ask the people if they know they have a family of the black and white "kitties" living nearby but decided I didn't have time. I had thought about taking my new digital camera with me but it was late and I figured it would be too dark to get any good pictures... aaargh! That would have been a beaut! Last week I saw a huge Beaver at the water's edge. After a few minutes, he slipped into the water and swam leisurely down stream and I didn't see him again. I'm glad Lucky didn't go down to investigate... I've heard that Beavers can beat heck out of any stranger that gets too close! Re: Now, to clarify a point I know I will be corrected if I'm wrong, but the town of White Bluffs is/was on the west side of the River and the white bluffs, for which I suppose it was named, are across the River on the east side. The reason I "think" I know, is because we lived in a farm house 3 miles north-west of White Bluffs (10 miles from the town of Hanford) and we rode the school bus to Hanford (High School) and didn't cross the River. Gus Keeney ('57) has graduated to a cane and is driving! Wow, that has got to create a wonderful sense of freedom and independence. He has been a good "patient" (following hip surgery June 4th) but is ready to get out more! I don't blame him. Actually, it works for me, too, 'cause I don't have to wait on him as much. (Joking.....NOT!) While I'm at it, I want to thank Don Sorenson (NAB and proud of it) for the wonderful display he had at Trac not so long ago. He let me sign the photo of the trailer camp, even though we didn't live there (because we went to school at Hanford, went to the doctor and hospital there, the grocery store, and to the live entertainment which came to town to "boost our morale", which really worked, by the way!) I'm sorry to have missed getting to see Mr. Larry Forby, a good friend of my parents and dad to Bombers, who had signed it just shortly before I arrived. If anyone is in touch with the Forby family, please give them a Hi from me. And Pappy (one of the youngish ones)... I think the book you are talking about would be great and could/would be a fantastic fund- raiser! Lots of people would buy such a book... not just those of us who "lived it". I know most of us have tales we haven't shared, yet. Bomber best to each and all, -Marilyn De Vine ('52) ~ in blessedly cooler Richland. Where ya' gotta be really careful about not eating too many cherries in one day. Oooh, but they are delicious! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Pete Overdahl ('60) To: David Rivers ('65) You are one of a kind. I think you could have fun at an unveiling of a new city dump. You could have more fun in 15 minutes than it takes a entire weekend for some people. And your birthday wishes to all the Bombers of ('65) and others from Bomberland are keepsakes, better than any card you could buy. I so wished I could have made Cool Desert Nights but maybe next year. I would like to see you and your Dirty Seven (or was that the Sorry Seven) in action. You could promote that entire weekend. The Chamber of Commerce should put you on their payroll. Hope to see you at Club 40 if you can make it. It is something when you can have surgery and hear from friends in Arkansas, Texas, Nevada and Montana. Thanks for the great wishes from the APB (All Points Bulletin) aka Alumni Sandstorm. -Pete Overdahl ('60) ~ Where all the Bombers come from...... **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: John Adkins ('62) Re: Fred Schafer ('63-RIP) Remembering our friends and the good times we've had. -John Adkins ('62) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Hanthorn (Gold Medal Class of '63) I couldn't sleep last night... I don't remember meeting Freddie (he always was and always will be Freddie to me), it just seems like I have always known him, but it must have been in September of 1950 in Kindergarten at Spalding School. Freddie and I were buddies all through Spalding, but were in different "groups" at Carmichael and Col-Hi and weren't as close as before. We reconnected a little at R2K, and since then we somehow ended up on each other's email lists and have kept in contact. Freddie and Ann liked my "travelogue" from Thailand last March, and I was happy to send them (at their kind request) some of our photos from there. Being on Freddie and Ann's email list meant that you never had an empty mailbox, there would always be something interesting, humorous, or touching (or even all three at once) in your inbox each and every day. Then a few weeks ago the emails suddenly stopped, and I knew something wasn't right. A couple of days later, someone mentioned in the Sandstorm that Freddie was in the hospital, but no details. I worried a little, but didn't think too much about it. Then last Saturday Kathy Rathvon ('63) and I were at the wedding of a mutual friend, so I asked her if she had heard anything about Freddie. It was then that I learned of his cancer and the complications with the chemotherapy. When the news of his passing came on Tuesday, I didn't know what to say or do. I have known Freddie longer than I have known anyone else, and I just can't come to grips with the fact that he is gone. Ann, if you should read this, though I don't know you well, I sincerely hope the fact that Freddie was loved by so many people that share your grief can somehow help ease the pain of his passing at least a little. Our class of '63 has lost some wonderful people, and I like to think that Freddie is now with them somewhere and they are having one hell of a great party and are waiting for the rest of us to join them. So long old pal, hope to see you again some day. With lots of Bomber Tears, -Dave Hanthorn (GMC '63) ~ from Mercer Island, WA where even the sunshine couldn't brighten this sad day. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Donna Bowers Rice (Gold Medal Class of '63) I just wanted to add my heartfelt wishes to Ann and her family on the loss of Freddie (GMC '63). Last year when we stopped to see everyone in Gearheart, I had my head full of my own difficulties at the time. In the short time we were there, I talked to many but did not spend the time with Freddie... I am now am so deeply sorry I did not. So many wonderful people were there and Freddie was the organizer and the chief cook. He was busy, but I hardly talked to him. Like many of us, as this sinks in, we are so sorry that he is gone. I knew him since 4th grade and he was one of the GOOD guys, one of the BEST! And so much fun!!! I just thought he would be there forever because I did not know at the time that he was sick. As tears run down my cheeks, this is a wake-up call to all, and especially to me, to not miss those golden opportunities to tell someone how really wonderful they are and how much they mean to you. There are a number of couples (including Freddie and Ann) who married each other from the class of '63. They are a huge reason why our class is so "together". Freddie will be deeply and profoundly missed. As a matter of fact, I cannot even imagine a reunion without him. Mike Rice ('60) and I saw him through the years... he always had a big smile on his face... he was a ray of sunshine for sure!! We love you Freddie: Donna and Mike -Donna Bowers Rice ('63) ~ St. Louis, MO **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: George Barnett (Gold Medal Class of '63) Re: Pappy's suggestion to write a book of Bomber stories. The preface should read "The names and places have been changed to protect the guilty". Re: The loss of one of the class of '63's FINEST!! I don't believe I ever heard a word of disparagement nor bad mouthing of any person, come from the lips of Freddie Schafer. He was truly a lovable friend to anyone and everyone. You WILL be missed, my friend. Ann, You will always be welcome at our house. Remember that when the cold north winds dictate a trip south, and Tucson is on the itinerary. Bye Geo. -George Barnett (Gold Medal Class of '63) ~ And back in Tucson where the sun god is expressing his displeasure. I think I'll go back to the Tri-Cities, sure was nice there the last two months. Thank You all for a pleasurable experience there during a period of stress. Dad, (step dad) Leo Warren, passed away on Saturday, 6/9/07. **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Perry Moore (Gold Medal Class of '63) Ann Shafer, to all those of Gold Medal Class, and all who read the Sandstorm. A big piece of the Bomber heart is missing. I was one of the lucky ones who knew Freddie since our days at Spalding, through Cub Scouts, and Patrol Boys. I spent some of this morning looking at old pictures, and especially those of us at Spalding. What a group. Thank Maren for putting those on-line. Freddie was one of the good guys, and unlike most of us, he was and always will be one of the good guys. As David Rivers ('65), said, I too will always remember him wearing our 20th reunion shirt to all Bomber gatherings (I think he is the only one that it would still fit), [Link in John Adkins' ('62) entry today shows the T-shirt. -Maren] Also I see him trying to hot rod around in his '48 Plymouth with the flat head six. Back in the day, I guess we loved what we had. Unfortunately there are too many of our friends that we have to remember this way. But there's a bunch up there (unfortunately way too many) that he can share old stories with. My prayers are with Ann and Fred's family. -Perry Moore (Gold Medal Class of '63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jamie Worley ('64) How sad that I see that Freddie Schafer ('63-RIP) has left our Bomber world. I did not know Freddie when we were in high school - he seemed so popular. I last saw him at our 2004 reunion. My daughter and granddaughters were with me. My daughter looks so much like her dad, Rob Hills ('63), that I was complimented when Freddie said to me that he saw a lot of "Worley" in that little girl. I didn't even know he knew who I was or when I graduated. It was a brief but a sweet conversation. I remember it, so it certainly does count in my Richland memories. I always looked for his missives in the Alumni Sandstorm. I could always tell how much he loved his family. Ann, my heart goes out to you and yours. Let us know when the service will be in July. -Jamie Worley ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Kathie Roe Truax ('64) I, too, want to toast the great Freddie Schafer ('63-RIP) and say how much I enjoyed knowing him. We began a long-lasting friendship back in the summers of the Berglunds, Speedos, Aceie/Duecie, and naps between heats --- yes, I'm talking about the good ol' Richland Swim Team. We Roe girls ('63/'64), Hyatt twins ('63-RIP), Freddie, Rod Pederson, Donna (?), Ronny Sledge, etc. had a blast together. Freddie was always the guy who made everything fun. Everybody loved him, including my Mom. He will be missed. My condolences to the love of his life, the ever beautiful Miss Ann Engel. -Kathie Roe Truax ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jeff Michael ('65) Hey there Bombers and Bomberettes, It was great to see some of you last weekend when I was in Bomberland. The wedding I dj'd for went great... they were super folks. Friday night, before the gig, I had a chance to sit with some of the Sorry Seven and other Bomber faithful. Gregor Hanson ('65), Larry Greer ('65) and I talked of friends and folks. Gregor asked about my Dad and I told him, "Fine as far as I knew". Sadly... I didn't know the truth. My Dad, Charles H. Michael passed away in his sleep June 7th. I found out yesterday. RIP -dj Jeff Michael ('65), Bombers Forever ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/29/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Larry Mattingly ('60), Ann Engel ('63) Jill Butler ('63), Marilyn Swan ('63) Maren Smyth ('63 & '64), Deedee Willox ('64) Alan Stephens ('66) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Dorothy McDonald ('53) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gary Hunt ('57) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Larry Mattingly ('60) Re: Independence Day I have a short night tonight so this will be short. I am off in the wee hours Friday for the long trip to Unalaska/ Dutch Harbor out on the Aleutian chain. I will take a volunteer crew and set up a very large display (over 700 items) for their 4th of July. Weather permitting of course. Last year we had a great, warm, sunny day on the 3rd, only to get up on the 4th to wind, rain, fog, and cold. We ended up firing on the 6th at 12:45AM (Ok technically the 7th) and it was not totally dark yet. But they loved it, and, the one I did New Years Eve. Nice folks and fun to work with. I learned not to go into a bar the day after the show... everybody was buying for the pyro. It is hard to say no. But the wonderful compliments are nice to hear. As busy as it is this time of the year I always end up at some point thinking of what the 4th really is... Independence Day! Fireworks people tend to be fiercely patriotic, and I suppose I am as much as most. But in the midst of all the flag waving and bangs and fizzle lets all take a minute to remember our forefathers and their sacrifices. If it had not been for their unselfish giving, even their lives in many cases, where would we be now? And with that, let us not forget all of the military personnel now and in the past who willingly fought for what we have. And let us be thankful. God Bless America! "Happiness is the sky in bloom" -J. Larry Mattingly ('60) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) Re: Fred gathering (July 21st) Put this in the Sandstorm for me. I've lost all my favorites and Fred isn't here to help me. I need a head count of everyone who is planning to come to Fred's gathering on July 21st. I have the same caterer that I had for his 60th birthday. It's going to be at Hazel Dell Park starting at 11a.m. Need Mr. Rivers and a few others to grill the hamburgers and sausages. Ann -Ann Engel Schafer ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Jill Butler Candler ('63) To: Ann Engel Schafer ('63) When I was answering your email, I thought I needed to share my feelings about a guy named Fred in the Sandstorm. The two of you were like salt and pepper shakers, always side by side. I respected and admired your relationship. I feel very sad about the loss of Fred. He always seemed to be surrounded by sunshine and ALWAYS added to all of the Bomber functions he attended. He had one of the most beautiful smiles ever and that will be missed. Our next Reunion will be strange without him and other classmates we have lost. We were gifted with his presence in our lives and his memory with always be a part of future functions. -Jill Butler Candler ('63) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) To: John Adkins ('62) Re: Freddie Pictures Thanks John for sending in the photo that included myself & four of my all-time favorite people that was taken at Class of '63's last reunion. It is one of my favorite pictures of Freddie & when I look at it I'm thinking that he (Freddie) had just made one of his remarks that he was famous for & had us all cracking up. I was also in that kindergarten class that Dave Hanthorn ('63) speaks of, I ran across the picture of it recently & of course have misplaced it again. And I, too know what you speak of Dave, when you said you couldn't get to sleep for thinking about Freddie & all those years gone by. There are no replacements for Freddie, he was one-of-a-kind! I made the comment recently to several friends that I couldn't imagine a world without Freddie Schafer & I still can't!! You will be missed, Freddie!! And to Ann, whom I have been in contact with, Freddie was an inspiration to us all, even when it was time for him to leave and I have to say so have you. You two were two of the most positive, upbeat people I have ever known & it is very becoming to you both & what a legacy! Take Care ~ -Marilyn Swan Beddo ('63) ~ southwest of Salt Lake City, UT where it's hotter (97) than a firecracker, but not as hot as points further south of here! Getting ready for my much older brother's (Pappy Swan & Mrs. Pappy) arrival next Tuesday & our "Clampett's Family & Friends" reunion for 4 days up at Moon Lake in Utah's High Uinta Mts. It just gets bigger & better every year!!! And to John Adkins ('62), last year you moaned when I said I would toast Pappy's birthday (July 1st) with a glass of Huckleberry wine, well here's to another birthday Pappy & another bottle of Huckleberry wine!! Don't knock it till you try it John!! Course, I've always been a cheap drunk, hee! **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Maren Smyth ('73 & '64) Re: More pictures of Freddie Schafer ('63-RIP) Freddie and I were in the same class for 1st (Mrs. Shank), 2nd (Miss Bowe), and 3rd (Mrs. Atwater) grades at Spalding. I lost the picture of our 2nd grade class and have been hoping that someone else from the class would submit it. Anybody?? Spalding/Bomber Tears, -Maren Smyth ('63 & '64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) Re: Barbara Eckert Holloway ('61) It is with great sadness that I write this. My sweet friend, Barbara Eckert Holloway ('61) has gone to be with the Lord this morning (7/28/07). I am thanking God for the time He gave us together, but I'm going to miss her so much. Please pray for her hubby, Larry Holloway ('64) in the days and months ahead. -Deedee Willox Loiseau ('64) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Stephens ('66) To All Bombers Vets and Schoolmates that can get to Everett Open invite to Everett's 4th of July parade N.W. chapter Gamewardens of Viet Nam will have their river boat from V.N. (PBR) in the parade. I will be joining the chapter that day and will be aboard the boat. Come see what we fought the VC in and tour the boat afterwards. CPO(SW) USN Retired -Alan Stephens ('66) ~ Kent WA cloudy and rain coming in. Welcome to the P.N.W. 4th will be clear!!! ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for today. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` **************************************************************** Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/30/07 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 Bombers sent stuff: Harvey Chapman ('56), Steve Carson ('58) Lora Homme ('60), Dave Sowden ('63wb) David Rivers ('65), Alan Lobdell ('69) Brad Wear ('71) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Carol Wiley ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: KC Hammill ('63) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Sherri Ray ('65) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Teri Schuchart ('70) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Lori Killand ('72) BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Chris Eckert ('80 or '81) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Harvey Chapman ('56) To: Gary Hunt ('57) Gary, Thinking of you on this our day [6/29]. Sally and I both wish you the happiest of birthdays. Give your bride a HUG for me. -Harvey Chapman ('56) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) To: Larry Mattingly ('60) Very well put, Larry. If the schools actually taught American History, more people would realize what it took to get us to where we are now. Wouldn't it be great if you could do a display in Bagdad for our troops on the 4th. I would contribute to that and even throw in some Chicago Hot Dogs. The kind of fireworks they get to see are not very entertaining. We attended a sub-minor league baseball game last week and were blown away by their "fireworks night" promotion. Where we have come to expect spectacular displays, followed by the Finale, this little baseball club gave us about 12 minutes of Finale. -Steve Carson (Championship Class of '58) ~ Chicago, IL **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Lora Homme ('60) Re: Bomber Dad My dear Bomber Dad, Ray Homme, turned 100 years old June 28th! He's confined to a wheelchair but, other than that, he's in good health. I'm counting on him living to be 110. I feel so blessed that I still have both of my parents with me and that I'm able to take care of them in my home. They were always there for me when I needed them and it's good to be able to be there for them when they need me. My dad worked as an electrician at Hanford from 1943 to 1972 and has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 65 years. Long story short, the IBEW sent a letter inviting him to an awards ceremony for being a member for 65 years so I wrote them a letter explaining that he would soon be 100 years old and that I couldn't get him to the banquet. They mailed his certificate and a union pin with a diamond in it. A week later, I received a telephone call from the headquarters in Seattle asking if they could come on his birthday to honor him. They came yesterday and brought a beautiful cake, and several other gifts. A Tri-City Herald photographer was here and took the picture that appeared in the paper today (yesterday when you read this). The photographer got some of the details wrong but that's OK, my dear Daddy got his picture in the paper on his 100th birthday. -Lora Homme ('60) ~ In that other town, across the Yakima River and down the road from Richland. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Go to: - Right side of the page... click the link that says "The Week in Photos" -- Lora's dad is photo #4. -Maren] **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Dave Sowden ('63wb) Re: Barbara Eckert Holloway ('61-RIP) It is with grief I write today. I awoke this morning and checked my e-mail only to find the following from my good friend of fifty years. I am sorry for not keeping in touch, but I've had a lot to do. Barbara passed away with heart problems this morning at about 5:30 AM. I took her to Kadlec on Monday noon and she was having a heart attack. She had several over the last few days and the heart and kidneys were in very bad shape. Both of her doctors and others said there was nothing they could do as her heart was totally blocked off. So we just had to make it as easy as we could while she was dying. You know Barb and how strong she was so she tried to make everyone as cheerful as she could. Now she is out of the pain at last and can finally rest. That was from my good and life long friend Larry Holloway ('64wb) talking about his wife of 41 years, Barbara Eckert Holloway. Larry, I want you to know how much Marilyn and I care for you and Barbara. It seems like only yesterday the two of you and your dogs were here in North Carolina. You two were good for one another and good to one another. We regret we can not be there for you. One of the oldest friends you have -Dave Sowden ('63wb) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: David Rivers ('65) Re: Fun at the opening of a new dump I'm not sure if Pete Overdall ('60) was just speaking hypothetically or if there is a new dump opening up... but, Man, I'm ready... as you can tell... I don't need much of a reason to head for Richland to have a blast... with the passing of Fred Schafer ('63-RIP) I came to realize again how lucky we are to be able to have to a wonderful forum to reach out and touch one another. Oh sure, we can always email or phone or write each other and many of us do... and we do that often... But reading Ann's ('63) note this morning in the Sandstorm and John Adkins' ('62) pictures in the day before made me again so grateful for our Sandstorm and the wonderful lady we have in Maren ('63 * '64) in keeping us so well connected. We are among very few people who can say they know tons of people from their High School and speak to many of them almost daily. If it were not for this paper I am sure I would not have friends such as Pete O., Gus Keeney ('57) and so many others... sure I grew up with little brothers and sisters and older brothers and sisters but at the time the older ones were way "up there" and we had to strain our necks to see them... the younger ones were younger and we took some but not a lot of notice of them (well ok maybe if they were cute younger sisters maybe... just maybe we noticed them)... But now I have friends... I mean true friends from all classes... I must give Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64), Linda Belliston Boehning ('63) and that gang of theirs credit where credit is due for putting faces on many of the kids I either didn't know or didn't know I knew with the R2K events... Yes, Pete, I do have fun with this stuff... I am so blessed to have grown up in our little town and to have friends like you. I just wouldn't trade it for the world! -David Rivers ('65) **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Alan Lobdell ('69) To: Alan Stephens (66) A name I have not heard in a long time. Are you the same Alan who was a friend of my brother Guy ('66-RIP) in West Richland? -Alan Lobdell ('69) ~ Kent, WA always raining **************************************************************** **************************************************************** >>From: Brad Wear ('71) Re: Stuff I've been remis in writing in about the Cool Desert Nights event last week. I loved seeing all the people I ran into and regretted missing David Rivers ('65), although I did try to track him down. I was lucky to see Roy Ballard ('63) and his '69 SS Chevelle, I can only hope that the one I'm restoring now turns out half as nice as his. Kathy Hoff Conrad ('64) is always good to see, and I got to see her twice, so it was good. Now for the good stuff, I was really lucky and got to see Barb Collings ('71), Blanche Newby ('71), three times, and Deb Hoff ('71) twice. I'm happy to say that Blanche and Barb are still great dancers, and in the immortal words of Mitch Rider can still "Shake a Tail Feather". We had a great time at Dax's on Thursday night, police and all........Barb. Now for the bad news/good news. Dave Roberts ('68) is a bit under the weather, but healing up quick and hairing over. The good news is you need to come and see him play the harmonica on Thursday's at Dax's. Truly and amazing player, and to top it off he's a great Blues singer as well.. To pile it on Doug Wagner ('70) is usually there to play his Selmer Mark VI Sax, something you definitely need to hear. Pam Coon ('71) was there Thursday, and was looking great as well. All '71 grads would be able to pick her out of a crowd. Bottom line is Thursday nights at Dax's (Lee and Jadwin) are a great time to hear phenomenal music... and see a lot of old classmates. Happy two days before your birthday Pappy, I've got an Owen Gromme "Quail" print for you. -Brad Wear ('71) ******************************************* ******************************************* That's it for the month. Please send more. `,,``,,` `,,``,,` May, 2007 ~ July, 2007